General manager John Lynch acquired a first-round pick from Indy, giving the Niners the No. 13 and No. 31 selections.
Looking at the roster composition, the 49ers have a few positions of need heading into the draft.
For this post, let’s take a look at which receivers they can target with the No. 13 pick. The 2020 receiving class is widely considered to be one of the best in years, with many draft pundits predicting we can anywhere between 20-30 pass catchers going in the first three rounds.
While it is still uncertain what will happen with Emmanuel Sanders, the 49ers are rumored to be interested in adding another pass-catcher to their group. With the emergence of Deebo Samuel as a rookie last year, the Niners look to have a potential No. 1 receiver. The return of injured players Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor, will give Kyle Shanahan options, but going for a receiver at No. 13 makes a ton of sense.
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Jeudy is widely considered the best receiving prospect available in the draft. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound junior caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and ten touchdowns last season. Jeudy has elite speed and is a great route runner who should be able to take over as any teams No. 1 receiver almost instantly. Although he might not be around at No. 13, he would undoubtedly be a great fit for Shanahan’s offense.
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
While Lamb isn’t as highly touted as Jeudy, he still has all the tools to become a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Lamb finished 2019 with 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 scores. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound junior also averaged 21.4 yards per reception, showing he has the big-play capability that Shanahan covets. Lamb is versatile as well, having the capability to lineup inside or outside.
Henry Ruggs III, Alabama.
Jeudy’s Crimson Tide teammate is also an attractive option for the Niners. Ruggs had 40 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns last year. What stands out most about the junior is his speed. The 6-foot, 190 pound Ruggs had the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing it in 4.27 seconds.
Tee Higgins, Clemson
Higgins put up monster numbers for the Tigers in 2019, finishing his junior year with 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns. While he hasn’t been ranked as highly as the three receivers mentioned above, Higgins will bring a tall pass catcher to the group. At 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, he has the length and range to haul in tough passes over defenders and make plays in the end zone.
There will be plenty of rumors between now and the NFL Draft about who the Niners are targeting.
Is there a receiver available that you want the Niners to target? Or do you have another position in mind that the team should focus on?