Would You Rather: See the 49ers Draft Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs
By Max Staley
The San Francisco 49ers wasted no time shaking up their roster this offseason. GM John Lynch sent DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 pick in the NFL Draft. With Emmanuel Sanders now on the New Orleans Saints, many fans and analysts believe the team could be targeting a wide receiver with that pick.
And in such a loaded class, let's break down which wideout the 49ers should select at No. 13.
Jerry Jeudy 49ers
Jerry Jeudy is the consensus top wide receiver in the class. And for good reason. He won the 2018 Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore, and followed that up with a 1,163-yard, 10-TD campaign this past season.
He's the safest, most-polished route runner in the class, and that could help him hit the ground running from day one in Kyle Shanahan's system.
Henry Ruggs III 49ers
Where Jeudy is safe, Henry Ruggs III is more of a risk – but he might have the higher ceiling. He ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and some analysts viewed that as a disappointment. Ruggs is a flat-out burner, and he can take the top off of a defense like no one else in his class.
That's something the 49ers didn't really have last season. In fact, Jimmy Garoppolo's 6.5 average depth of target (aDOT) was the second-lowest mark among all qualified passers. Adding Ruggs could make this unit a lot more dynamic.
While Ruggs' big-play ability might be a more immediate need for the 49ers, Jeudy is the better, more-polished prospect. If he falls to No. 13, the 49ers should rush to the podium to snatch him up, though Ruggs would be an excellent consolation prize.
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