A fifth-year senior at the University of Michigan, Jehu Femi Chesson has made a name for himself in the Wolverines high-powered offense. He is a versatile, quick twitch, possession receiver with outstanding athletic ability. At 6’3″ and 207 lbs, Chesson’s size and speed combination leaves much to be desired.
University of Michigan
Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver
DOB: 12/29/1993 (24 years old on draft day)
A former three-star wide receiver according to Scout.com, Chesson had a very long road to becoming a collegiate wide receiver. He is originally from Monrovia, Libya and moved to the United States at age two. He made his home in St. Louis, Missouri which would begin his dream of playing American football.
Chesson committed to the University of Michigan in December 2011. He redshirted as a freshman and played all 13 games his sophomore year with only 15 receptions and 221 yards. It wasn’t until his junior year, in 2015, that he would make his footprint as a productive wide receiver in the Michigan offense.
With 754 yards on 50 receptions and nine touchdowns in 2015, Chesson supplanted himself as a reliable receiver for the Wolverines. His deceptive quickness also led to him having 155 rushing yards on eight attempts with two touchdowns.
Chesson is not limited to being just a receiver, but also a rusher and an outstanding special-teams player. Also in 2015, he had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. His versatility, along with his outstanding receiving ability, leaves Chesson as a very valuable and underrated NFL prospect.
Quickness: Watching Chesson on film, it is evident that he is not a deep threat, but he is a receiver with deceptive speed and outstanding burst. He has a second gear that is second to none.
His initial acceleration at the line of scrimmage gives him an advantage against defenders out of the gate. He makes very good mid stem moves to force defensive backs to flip their hips and take full control of the route.
His role on special teams relies on his quick twitch ability and his outstanding acceleration. His impressive timing of his acceleration and release off the line of scrimmage allowed him to block this punt.
Competitiveness: While watching Chesson against a 10-1 Ohio State team, the thing that stood out to me was his competitive nature. It didn’t matter how hard of a hit he would take, or how difficult the catch, he wanted the ball.
He can eat in to the cushion of the defensive backs with his acceleration, but shows very good functional strength to break the jam and stack defenders to create space. He is able to keep his body in control and fight for contested catches. He uses very good power and strength to get yards after the catch.
Although lacking proper technique, he is a high-effort blocker, extending his arms into the defender’s shoulder pads while maintaining good leverage.
Awareness and Concentration: Shows very good timing when attacking the ball in the air. He knows exactly where he is throughout his vertical stem and knows when to break to elude defensive backs. He has outstanding ball awareness and tends to beat defenders at the catch point. He possesses very good body control and can adjust well to the ball.
Catch in Traffic: As evident as Chesson’s toughness and physicality is, he tends to have trouble when catching in traffic. Hits to the back and vertical contested catches in heavy coverage tend to disrupt his catching ability.
He has difficulty bringing the ball into his body and controlling the catch when being hit from behind. His strong hands are plagued by his inability to maintain the catch when disrupted by impact.
Explosiveness: Explosiveness can be defined in many ways, but Chesson lacks the explosive, elusive ability that elite wide receivers contain. He is not sudden within his body mechanics but is elusive with his deceptive body gestures and wins with power and toughness.
He lacks the ankle flexion and loose hips to deceive defenders in the open field and off the line. His use of stutter steps to throw off defensive coverage helps to make up for the lack of lateral agility.
The 2016 season has not been very favorable to Chesson in terms of production. The fact is, Michigan has become a run heavy offense allowing little opportunity for him to showcase his ability. There’s evidence of an elite wide receiver in Chesson, but he will have to improve his route running and limit his body catches for this to become a reality. Personally, I’m infatuated with Chesson’s athletic ability and potential as an NFL starter.