Photo of Jehu Chesson
Drafted By: Chiefs

Combine Results

Grade
5.5 ?
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.09 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Kansas City is banking on the 2015 version of Chesson who displayed the playmaking speed and ball skills that could find him in the Chiefs' rotation early. Regardless, it's clear they are building an offense for the future in this draft. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

As a junior in 2015, Chesson won Michigan's Bo Schembechler Award as the team's Most Valuable Player after making 50 catches for 764 yards and nine scores. He saved his best for the end of the season with big games against Indiana (207 yards, four TDs), Ohio State (8-111, TD) and an MVP performance in the Citrus Bowl win over Florida (5-118, TD). Chesson suffered a knee injury in the bowl game, which slowed him coming into 2016. He didn't connect with Michigan's new quarterback, Wilton Speight, this fall as much as he did with Jake Rudock the previous year (35-500, 2 TDs). Chesson's jump in 2015 followed a redshirt year and two seasons as a reserve (15-221, TD in 2013; 14-154 in 2014).

Analysis

Strengths

Angular, but features NFL size and plus catch radius. Foot quickness considered adequate. Ball tracker with good concentration. Feasts on combat catches in a crowd. Willing to take his lumps to secure the catch. Can leap and contort in mid-air to snare the difficult catch. Makes quick adjustments to poor throws. Squares back to shield safeties from interfering with catch on deep, in-breaking routes. Showed toughness, confidence and talent in successful bowl performance against Florida's Vernon Hargreaves in 2015 season. Understands art of hand-fighting. Has some dog in him as a run blocker and will compete to the whistle.

Weaknesses

Suffered knee injury in bowl game his junior season and dealt with extended recovery time. Didn't look like the same guy in 2016 and production dropped substantially. Struggled to find necessary separation quickness in his routes. Defaulted to body catches too often in 2016. Play-strength issues show up against aggressive press corners. Forced to work overtime to free himself from a strong jam. Cornerbacks show no fear of his vertical speed. Effectiveness and quality of routes is below par. Tall into his breaks and will give routes away. Appeared to go through the motions in some games. Just average after the catch.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

NFL Comparison

Brian Quick

Bottom Line

Chesson looked like a shell of his 2015 self for much of the 2016 season. Erratic quarterback play didn't help his production, but an inability to separate and a noticeable drop in confidence were also culprits. Has NFL size and ball skills but long speed and play strength are deficiencies that could limit him as a pro. If he can revert back to his 2015 form, he has WR2 or WR3 potential. But at this point, he appears to be a Day 3 pick who could struggle to find snaps early in his career.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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