The last thing potential Jets target Jerry Jeudy wants to see one day before the 2020 NFL Draft are reports surfacing that teams might have problems with his medicals.
But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport might have changed that perception, as he settled things down a bit with a letter from Dr. Lyle Cain that detailed Jeudy's 2018 meniscus surgery on his left knee. Cain, who performed Jeudy's exit physical at Alabama once he declared for the draft, doesn't think teams need to worry at all.
"[Jeudy] was seen by me on Jan. 29, 2020 for University of Alabama exit physical," Cain wrote in the letter. "At that time, he was found to have full range of motion in the knee with no pain, no effusion, and no later joint line symptoms. At that point, x-rays and MRI were reviewed which showed no evidence of joint space narrowing or bony abnormalities on his x-rays and his MRI dated Jan. 29, 2020 showed some absence of the posterior horn later meniscus, but no articular cartilage injury or damage."
Rapoport said that two teams "expressed concern" about Jeudy's knee at the Scouting Combine. But he also said he hasn't heard from a single team that believes it will hurt his career.
The inital report that came out on Wednesday was from 97.5 The Fanatic's Natalie Egenolf, who had a source tell her Jeudy's draft stock might be falling "due to reported knee issues that haven't been disclosed yet." NBC Sports Philly's Derrick Gunn backed her up, saying "some teams have even taken him off their first round board."
Jeudy suffered his torn meniscus in the spring of 2018, but that didn't stop him from playing all 15 games with the Crimson Tide. It was actually his best season with 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns on 68 catches -- his breakout year. He hasn't suffered any setbacks since.
Arguably the best receiver in the draft, Jeudy could be the target of GM Joe Douglas. Jeudy is a first-round talent and will more than likely see himself go during the first 32 picks. But he wants to be higher on that list than lower, of course.
So we'll see if this has any impact on his draft stock when things kick off Thursday night.