For most of the past three months, Denver Broncos fans have been enthralled by the prospect of landing the WR Henry Ruggs III in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, tipsters might like the Broncos’ chances of pushing back even more. ‘other’ Bama wideout – Jerry Jeudy -.
William Hill’s bookmaker has made the Broncos one of four NFL teams with the best chance of pushing Jeudy away. Here’s what Corey Parson from SI Gambling had to say about it.
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Denver is another team that would like to see Jeudy sit there for them with the 15th draft pick, but without a highly unlikely swap. Denver has a young quarterback at Drew Lock who could use another weapon in the assist game to accompany Courtland Sutton, but I don’t see how Jeudy will last until the 15th pick.
What this means
It’s no surprise that the Broncos are favored among the 32 NFL teams to win one of the best eliminators in the 2020 class. General Manager John Elway’s burning desire to add explosive play ability to the WR body is the least well-kept secret in the league.
Most fans have focused on Ruggs, based on reports from the local level. But fans should be prepared for the possibility that the Broncos may end up with one of the other two “Blue-Chip 3” as our Nick Kendell says. Namely, Ruggs, Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma.
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Which of these triumvirates emerges as the greatest expander of the class depends on who you ask. When the pre-project season started in earnest, Jeudy was the near-consensus WR1 of the class. Lamb sometimes gave Jeudy a race for the title.
But coming out of the NFL Combine, Ruggs seemed to have jumped both. The kid almost broke the combine with his tests, performing a flamboyant 4.28-second dash over 40 yards.
In January, it looked like the best odds for the Broncos in pick 15 in the first round would have been on Ruggs. Now in April, however, it is more and more unlikely unless there is an exchange.
In fact, if the Broncos want to guarantee the landing of one of the Blue-Chip 3s, they will have to get on board and it will not be cheap. Our Bob Morris researched what the realistic cost would be for Denver jumping from choice 15 to choice 11 and just bend anyone.
Correlation does not always imply causation, but it should be mentioned that Jeudy produced Ruggs in the Crimson Tide attack. With each WR playing three seasons in Alabama, Ruggs ended his college career with 98 receptions for 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns, while Jeudy totaled 159 receptions for 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Ruggs was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. But Jeudy was the most consistent performer and was not outdone when it came to speed, contractions and the ability to play.
Jeudy’s draft stock has lost some of its luster but make no mistake about it; chances are it will become the crown jewel of this class of receptors. If the football gods are kind enough to pay a blessing like Jeudy on the Broncos, it would give Drew Lock a large duo of receivers on par with everyone else in the league and help ease the pressure of Courtland Sutton.
And that would free TE Noah Fant, as well as RB out of the backfield, that OC Pat Shurmur of the Broncos absolutely loves to involve in the passing game. It’s easy to get carried away imagining it, but in three weeks we will have our answer on the Broncos perspective on the draft day.