I can understand the sentiment that taking a wide receiver in the first round is generally not the ‘safest’ way to spend your top pick.
As if there were truly one ‘safe’ way to spend a top 10 pick.
But the Broncos’ need for speed offensively is abundantly clear, and their need for a weapon like Jeudy is such that taking him in round one is worth the price here.
As a prospect, Jeudy is an incredibly rare combination of speed, quickness, route running ability, after-the-catch abilities, ball tracking, and just generally NFL-readiness.
Jeudy has been a big play waiting to happen since he came to the Alabama program, and when the ball is in his hands, he’s so dynamic.
The Broncos seem to have a good thing going with Courtland Sutton as the alpha in their offense, and Noah Fant is doing well in recent weeks as a playmaking tight end, but who is going to emerge as that number two option in the offense?
Will it be Tim Patrick going forward?
Even if Patrick is a solid WR2, I think Jeudy’s speed and abilities after the catch would give the Broncos a versatile weapon to not only take pressure off of Sutton, but create offense.
The Broncos will be breaking in a young quarterback next season, and one way to take the pressure off of that young quarterback is to give him receivers and weapons in the passing game who can bail him out.
Adding Jeudy would give the Broncos a variety of players with a big catch radius, speed to burn downfield, ability to win contested catch situations, and the ability to make big plays after the catch.