The San Francisco 49ers currently have two first-round picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. John Lynch already had the No. 31 overall pick, but made a blockbuster trade that sent defensive end DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 13th overall selection. Now, the 49ers simply have to decide who they want to take with those picks.
Let’s take a closer look at the first pick in the first round. At No. 13 overall, there are going to be quite a few impact players the team will have the opportunity to choose from.
More than likely, the 49ers will be looking for an offensive playmaker to help Jimmy Garoppolo and the passing game. Two names have popped up as ideal targets for the 49ers: Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb.
While both players would make for solid additions for the 49ers, Jeudy should be their top priority and would be the most perfect piece San Francisco could pick up at No. 13.
Why Jeudy Is A Perfect Fit For The 49ers At No. 13
Quite simply, the 49ers need to bring in a guy with the potential to become their No. 1 wideout. Deebo Samuel is a great talent, but he is more of a speedster than a top receiver. Dante Pettis and Jalen Hurd are both talented as well, but neither guy should be relied on as a No. 1 target for Garoppolo.
Add in the fact that Emmanuel Sanders, who the 49ers acquired ahead of the NFL trade deadline last year, left in free agency to sign with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco needs a receiver even more.
Last season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Jeudy caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 15.1 yards per reception. Those numbers show a receiver capable of making big plays and being a possession wideout.
Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, Jeudy has solid size, but he also has the speed, athleticism, and route running to go with it. He is currently being compared to Santonio Holmes by NFL.com, which is an interesting comparison. Holmes had the potential to be something very special, but never put it all together; Jeudy is a fresh talent whose career could turn out much differently.
Garoppolo and the passing game was not the focal point of the 49ers’ offense last season. They were carried by the running game. If the 49ers want to take the next step and win a Super Bowl, they need to have a much more dangerous passing game.
Jeudy may not be the one move fix for San Francisco, but he would be an excellent start. If the 49ers want to land a guaranteed impact player for their offense and a guy who would fit Kyle Shanahan’s offense perfectly, Jeudy should be the pick at No. 13.