Draft Smoke Surrounding Jeudy
Most of the NFL Draft coverage has surrounded Tua Tagovailoa, the talented quarterback has been the primary subject of all the draft analysts and media pundits. On the eve of the NFL Draft, the focus turns to Jerry Jeudy. Reports have now surfaced that Jeudy's stock may be falling due to a lingering knee issue.
Two reporters out of Philadelphia have reported they have been hearing that Jeudy may not be picked as early as was previously assumed. Natalie Egenolf of 97.5 The Fanatic was the first to go with the story.
Derrick Gunn of NBC Sports in Philadelphia confirms what Egenolf reported, he went so far as to say some teams have removed him from their first round board. It would be quite a dramatic fall for Jeudy if he fell out of the first round.
Jeudy did have a meniscus surgery in April of 2018 as confirmed by AL.com's Matt Zenitz, however the star receiver did not miss any games for the Crimson Tide. ESPN's lead NFL reporter Adam Schefter has confirmed the 2018 surgery but has seemed unconcerned by the surgery and has said he still expects the Crimson Tide receiver to be taken in the middle of the first round at the latest.
Jeudy's agent, Chris Cabbot of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, has come out with his own statement declaring these reports as media speculation and organizations attempting to influence Jeudy's draft stock to slide in order to make him more accessible to more teams.
Could the Philadelphia Eagles be behind these reports in order to set themselves up to select the star wide receiver themselves? We will all find out together tomorrow night.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that he has not encountered a team yet who believe the knee will hinder Jeudy's NFL career.
Jeudy amassed 159 receptions, 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons for the Crimson Tide. He is widely considered one of the top three receivers available in tomorrow night's draft. Teams will select between Jeudy, his Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III and Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb as the top receiver in the 2020 draft class.