NFL Draft Mailbag: Tony Pauline on Jerry Jeudy, Sam Ehlinger, and more

Every Wednesday on Pro Football Network, Tony Pauline takes questions from all things related to the college football landscape and NFL Draft prospects.

Every week, I open up the mailbag so you can send in your questions. Earlier this week, I named my Risers & Sliders of an eventful Week 4. Several other trending teams and players in college football were topic of questions in this week’s mailbag. 

Do you have a question you want to send in? Send it to and we’ll be sure to include it in an upcoming mailbag column. 

Is a fair player comparison to Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy former Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick? If not, who?

Warrick was more of a possession receiver compared to Jeudy, and his deep speed, as well as his home run hitting ability, was fractional.  I still remember his Pro Day when he ran 4.53-second forty-yard dash, and all the excuses started. Jeudy reminds me of a slightly taller version of DeSean Jackson.

Between Boise State and UCF, which one do you believe will finish with a higher ranking and possibly make a run for one of the bigger bowl games?

If Boise State wins out, they will get the bigger/better bowl invitation. With that said, I think Central Florida would win handily if they faced Boise State.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has played well this season and keeps improving. Is he better off returning for his senior year to keep refining his skills, or entering the NFL Draft?

Ehlinger is a terrific college quarterback. However, he needs a lot of work on his game before he will get any real consideration as anything other than a late-round pick/UDFA in the scouting community. More specifically, he needs to become a better passer. 

In my opinion, it would be a mistake for him to enter the NFL Draft unless there is some miraculous development in his game over the next two months.

Was how Michigan played on Saturday a sign of things to come or is it just a bump in the road? Is it contingent on Shea Patterson’s play more than Coach Harbaugh’s ability to adjust?

Somewhere in between. Shea Patterson was a better quarterback at Ole Miss in 2017 than he has shown at any time the past two years.  Harbaugh continues to show he cannot come through in the big games, which is mind-blowing to me.

Michigan’s offensive line has not played well and the preseason suspension of Chris Evans really hurt.  Some of their defensive playmakers who I expected to step up to the forefront, Josh Uche in particular, have been disappointing in the early going.

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