Finding Broncos: Scouting Michigan Wide Receiver Jehu Chesson

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel breaks down a talented receiver in this draft class, with questions surrounding his horrific knee injury. Does Jehu Chesson fit the Broncos?

Jehu Chesson, Wide Receiver, Michigan Wolverines

http://www.scout.com/player/144984-jehu-chesson?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 204 pounds

Arms: 33-¼ inches

Hands: 9-? inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.47 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 10 reps

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 132 inches

3-Cone Drill: 6.7 seconds*

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.09 seconds

* Denotes 90th percentile or higher compared against peers

Medical

Knee injury.

Character

Good.

Stats

Year Receptions Yards TD Rush Att Yards TD
2013 15  221 1 2 1 0
2014 14 154 0 0 0 0
2015 50 764 9 8 155 2
2016 35 500 2 12 63 1

Pros

Has NFL size. Tracks the ball very well. Has a huge catch radius. Can contort his body in the air to make more difficult catches. Is a fierce blocker who blocks until the whistle blows.

Feasts on contested catches, coming down with them nearly every time. Willing to take a hit if it means he comes down with the ball. Tough and confident player.

Fights well with his hands vs press coverage. Good foot quickness. Tracks the ball extremely well.

Cons

Knee injury was brutal and he didn’t come back the player he was before. Looked a lot less quick with his route-running post knee injury. Not going to tear up a defense after the catch.

Not very strong. When successfully jammed, he is taken out of the play. Doesn’t always seem to have his head in the game. Not a vertical threat.

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The injury was hard on Jehu Chesson and he came back half the player he was before. Before, he looked like a solid early day-two pick who could contribute right away as a No. 2 or 3 receiver.

Since the knee injury, there appear to be a lot of issues with his game, and it all can be tracked to the injury. Now, he looks like a day-three pick who might contribute as a No. 4 or 5 guy. A team might be willing to take the risk he returns to who he was before the injury.

Fit With The Broncos

Chesson, if developed, would give Denver a second outside size threat opposite Demaryius Thomas, and would push Emmanuel Sanders to the slot, but that would be down the road. Right now, he is a bit of a development guy who can be lower on the depth chart.

The Denver Broncos have players lower on the depth chart already, though, so he would be just more of what they  already have. The Broncos really need a day-one contributor to help out the receiving corps.

Draft Grade: Round 5

Where He Goes: Round 4-5

Insider's Take: Per sources, if he didn’t suffer that knee injury and regress like he did, Chesson would be looking at round two. Now, because of the injury, he won’t go before round four and that is only if a team is willing to chance him returning to form. If no team is, then he very well might go undrafted.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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