At Georgia Tech’s pro day Friday, former Yellow Jackets wide receiver Ricky Jeune hopes to show scouts that he is worthy of a draft pick. Jeune has been working with combine and pro-day trainer Chip Smith in Norcross (along with former Jackets KeShun Freeman and Step Durham).
“He’s another one of those (Georgia Tech) kids that’s a great kid,” Smith said. “Very coachable. We did seven-on-seven, he ran great routes, he caught the ball.”
At the pro day, Jeune plans to do all of the tests (40-yard dash, short shuttle, long shuttle, vertical leap, etc.) and take part in receiver drills. Undoubtedly, his 40-yard dash time will be closely watched. Jeune is not a burner, so scouts will likely want to better frame his speed. In receiving drills, he’ll be thrown to by Arsenio Favor, who played indoor football in the 2017 season.
In comments distributed by his agent Jordan Hagedorn, Jeune said that he thought the area where he had improved the most since the end of the season was his route running, “getting in and out of my breaks.” As far as what he wanted scouts to see from him Friday, Jeune’s response was “That I can run the NFL route tree outside or in the slot.”
In the estimation of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jeune likely will be selected in the draft, which takes place April 26-28.
“I think he is a guy that fights for the ball, he makes plays after the catch, he’ll block very effectively,” Kiper said in February. “I think Ricky Jeune is that under-the-radar wide receiver somebody’s going to get, probably Day 3. I think he could have a nice career in the NFL.”
Jeune led Tech in receptions in each of the past three seasons, totaling 74 catches for 1,492 yards, an average of 20.2 yards per reception. According to the website Pro Football Focus, when Jeune was targeted, the passer rating was 136.3, the third highest among all wide receivers in this year’s draft.
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