Many NFL teams are getting excited about how deep the wide receiver class is for the NFL Draft. For the Denver Broncos, they are reportedly targeting one in particular.
The Gazette’s Woody Paige has a source that said the Broncos could trade up into the top ten to pick Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
Sources have told @woodypaige that the #Broncos could trade up into the top 10 and select Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) April 19, 2020
Woody called the Noah Fant pick AND trade back last year so when he speaks, we listen. https://t.co/7Ht6tVmMql
Denver is currently picking at number 15 in the first round, but have ammunition with three picks in the third round.
The wide receiver position is a major need for Denver as the depth is not as deep without Emmanuel Sanders on the team. Courtland Sutton is the top returning receiver with 1112 yards and six touchdowns. The next leading receiver is tight end Noah Fant with 562 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Drew Lock will need more weapons at his disposal going into his second season. He’ll have Sutton and Fant along with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick returning as well. Adding a receiver with Jeudy’s talent makes too much sense.
Broncos/Jeudy Trade Scenario
Jeudy is highly regarded as the top wide receiver in the draft along with CeeDee Lamb. He has great breakaway speed off the snap with his quick feet. When Jeudy runs short routes, he can take the ball and go the distance. He has great hands and is very good at making contested catches. The only knock on him has been his small built at around 190 pounds.
The Broncos are desperate to find a formable sidekick with Sutton. It would be a perfect pair with Sutton’s size and Jeudy’s speed causing trouble for offenses. Sutton has already proven that he is ready to take over as their number one receiver. Jeudy will have time to develop while being one of the team’s top targets.
What makes Jeudy a deadly weapon for the Broncos offense is how he can move around in the slot or outside. Denver would have their problems solved with adding Jeudy in the offense. Lock would have a solid, young wide receiver core to build around for years to come.
What the Broncos Would Have to Give Up
Denver is in a good place where they will get a good wide receiver no matter what. The thing is if they want Jeudy, they would have to trade up to get him. Luckily for the Broncos, they have some picks to work with.
It would be hard to believe that they would have to give up a future first round pick depending on how high up they go. The Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars are usually good trade partners in the draft. Cleveland holds the 10th pick while Jacksonville holds the 9th pick. If Denver swaps first rounders along with a third round pick and a future second round pick, it could work. Even swapping one of those picks for a player might sweeten the deal.
Is Jeudy Worth Trading For?
In the last two college seasons at Alabama, Jeudy went for 2,478 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s considered the best receiver in a class that features about ten players that could go in the first round. Denver has to add another receiver to help Sutton and free agency doesn’t appear to be their option.
The Broncos offense is young, but talented. Phillip Lindsay and newly signed Melvin Gordon make for a great one-two punch in the backfield. Fant has looked like a solid pass catching tight end for the future. If Denver can nab Jeudy, the future looks bright for a team that’s ready to take the next step.