2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dueling GMs mock sees Redskins make big move
By Ian Cummings
Jacob: With this pick now belonging to the San Francisco 49ers in the wake of the DeForest Buckner trade, it becomes a bit easier to mock.
The 49ers don’t have a lot of glaring needs. But one spot which they could stand to improve is the receiver position. Deebo Samuel looked like a stud as a rookie. But save for him, the 49ers don’t have a lot of top-tier talents after Emmanuel Sanders departed in free agency.
Jerry Jeudy would be the perfect replacement for Sanders. Arguably the best player in this loaded receiver class, Jeudy is the best route runner in the draft and simply knows how to get open. He gains separation easily, is excellent at generating YAC with the ball in his hands, and has great athletic ability and a solid top gear. His 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash was a bit overlooked as his teammate, Henry Ruggs, logging a sub-4.3 time got more attention.
Jeudy was highly productive in college and served as one of Tua Tagovailoa’s favorite targets. He routinely beat some of the tougher corners in the SEC during his playing days and averaged 72.5 catches, 1,239 yards, and 12 touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons. And that production will have a chance to translate at the next level.
If Jeudy is available for the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch shouldn’t waste much time passing in their draft card. He would be a big upgrade for the team’s receiving corps and would fill their biggest weakness ahead of the 2020 offseason.
Another option for the 49ers here would be to target a guy like Javon Kinlaw to help replace the departed Buckner. But for the time being, it makes more sense for the team to target Jeudy because he is such a perfect fit with their offense.