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Fantasy Impact: Jerry Jeudy Finds His Home in Denver

Jerry Jeudy may not be a high-upside rookie fantasy football wide receiver — but that's not because of a lack of ability on his part.
Photo: John David Mercer

Photo: John David Mercer

The Denver Broncos have solidified their receiving corps by selecting Jerry Jeudy 15th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

While this move gives Drew Lock another very talented receiver next to Courtland Sutton, I'm not set as Jeudy being a high-upside rookie fantasy football receiver. However, it's not due to Jeudy's ability. The driving factor is that Drew Lock will be going through the growing pains of being a first-year starting quarterback. Nonetheless, Jeudy's route-running will make him a consistent performer.

A pure technician on the field, Jerry Jeudy possesses one of the most difficult skills to learn entering into the pros -- route running. What many fail to do in the NFL, Jeudy seemingly mastered previously while playing in what is arguably the toughest collegiate conference. His ability to make a catch in traffic using his strong hands and his explosive first step against press coverage adds to his already highly talented floor.

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He uses his hands wisely and effectively against the press allowing him to create separation, a skill many collegiate receivers struggle developing in the pros. Over his last two years at Alabama, Jeudy had a minimum of 1,100 yards and ten touchdowns in each season while averaging 17.1 yards-per-catch. Jeudy will need to continue improving his concentration upon entering the NFL. He struggled to make a couple of catches due to this, but that is a skill he can hone in the NFL. While he was very productive, he didn’t really show his ability to take over a game much like his teammate Najee Harris did.