January 7, 2012

From the film room: Jehu Chesson

Three-star wide receiver Jehu Chesson, who committed to U-M days before Christmas, could be that true sleeper in this class. The Missourian has never devoted himself fully to football yet has the talent to be a stud ...

Strengths: Chesson is another example of where Brady Hoke is taking the Michigan roster in terms of pure size to go along with speed. Chesson stands 6-3 with plenty of room to fill out his current 185-pound body. His size and strength gave him an obvious advantage against the high-school competition he faced.

His film shows great speed as he consistently pulls away from defenders when he is in open space. Chesson also does a nice job of attacking the ball at its highest point. In other words, he goes up and gets the ball using his long frame, leaving defenders beneath him. Smaller defensive backs have trouble defending tall and long receivers, and Chesson's play indicates that he uses his length to his advantage.

His route running is solid for a young player with many advantages. It's easy for high school players with size advantages to get sloppy with technique. Chesson shows good football discipline from snap to whistle.

Area of Improvement High School highlight films of wide receivers seem to be limited with the blocking clips. Chesson can catch the ball well. He has the speed, size, and ball awareness. How tough and nasty is he when he is called on to block? It's always an important question to ask when looking at wideouts that will play at Michigan. All the great Michigan receivers will block their opponent to the ground. It is a mandatory skill that Chesson will learn well once he gets to Ann Arbor.

Michigan Player Comparison - David Terrell: Terrell developed his 6-3 body to become an imposing player on the edge of Michigan offenses and get himself selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

The Bottom Line: Chesson joins the other Michigan WR verbal commit, Amara Darboh, to form a physically impressive duo. Chesson's size and speed will translate well to Big Ten football. Chesson will be able to win those "jump ball" situations when needed. He also has a nice break on his slant routes and shows good ability to dismiss defenders after the catch.

It would be nice to see multiple film clips of his blocking technique. Even without the blocking film clips, we know the Michigan staff is looking for physical players that have the size to impose their will on their opponents. Chesson has that kind of size and other measurables to fit in very well at Schembechler Hall.

Michigan's roster will continue to get bigger, stronger, faster, and learn to play with a higher level of cruelty. Chesson will play an important role in the near future as Michigan makes another run for the roses.

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