The 2020 NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means we are going to get a whole lot of opinions on who the San Francisco 49ers should take with the No. 13 pick.
One of the players that has consistently been mentioned is Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy.
Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Bay Area caught up with Michael Locksley, who was the offensive coordinator of the Crimson Tide during Jeud’s first two seasons.
Here is what he had to say:
“Can’t say enough about his ability as a route-runner. I think with Jerry, it’s his ability and suddenness he has to get in and out of a break, whether it’s working back toward the ball which is the toughest breaks that receivers make, when they’re working back toward the quarterback. He has the ability to be full speed and drop his weight – or, as we say, sink his hips — to stop on a dime, and he always gives the illusion of speed always at the top of the route but is able, without taking the little small steps you see people normally have to take to put his foot in the ground and change direction.”
Chan points out head coach Kyle Shanahan’s preference to have playmakers who can gain yards after the catch, such as tight end George Kittle and receiver Deebo Samuel.
Locksley raved about Jeudy’s ability make big plays.
“Tremendous run-after catch ability, He is such a loose-limbed, loose-body guy. You watch him and his ability to make people miss is as good as I’ve ever seen.”
Jeudy was extremely productive for Alabama last season, finishing with 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns.
With Emmanuel Sanders leaving for New Orleans in free agency, the Niners receiving group has a big void to fill to play alongside Samuel.
Some of the other pass catchers that have been mentioned as possible candidates for the 49ers to pick include: Jeudy’s college teammate Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma’s Ceedee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson and Baylor’s Denzel Mims.
Wide receiver isn’t the only position of need for the Niners. The team has a hole to fill on the defensive line with the trade of DeForest Buckner. The secondary also needs to add some talent, even though Richard Sherman is still playing at a high level, he is getting up there in age.
With Matt Maiocco reporting that OT Joe Staley is only 50/50 on suiting up in 2020, the offensive line is also an area of need.
It will be interesting to see what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch decide to do. The team is in need of some mid-round picks, which they could address by trading their second first-round pick, which is No. 31.
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Mock Draft Money 4.0: 49ers seek several trade options in first round (49ers.com)
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