We haven’t seen any polarizing wide receiver prospects up in Ann Arbor in recent years. However, we have seen solid, reliable players, including the 5th year senior Jehu Chesson. Chesson is a player with solid size and speed who was implemented in a variety of ways with the Michigan Wolverines. He fits the bill as the type of wide receiver prospect you see drafted in the mid rounds of the NFL Draft, as he brings a solid skill-set as a depth guy.
Let’s see just how solid he is as we run through Jehu Chesson’s 2017 NFL Draft scouting report:
Name: Jehu Chesson
Class: Senior (RS)
Draft Grade: 4th Round
Positives: Chesson has the height you look for, along with arm length and hand size. Has good bulk in his hips. Speed to stretch the defense and take the ball to the house. Good at turning his hips. A controlled, smooth running stride who weaves his way through space after the catch. Very good attacking the ball in the air. Contorts his upper body to make difficult catches. Easily adjusts to underthrown and wayward passes. Comfortable grabbing the ball in a crowd. Shows physicality and effort as a blocker. Very intelligent, articulate, and motivated to succeed. Good football and personal character.
Negatives: Needs to get stronger, especially in his upper-body. Has some leg stiffness that prevents him from dropping his hips and exploding out of his cuts. Runs high and gears down to cut. Has a history of lower leg injuries. Body type will lend itself to injury.
Outlook: Jehu Chesson was a big name coming into the season but was slowed by injury and never really caught fire. Chesson brings ideal height, ball skills and surprising deep speed to the table. The lack of strength, agility and history of injury is a concern. Chesson’s value is in the fourth round.