Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer, in his seven-round mock draft, zeroes in on the receiver he believes the Niners will target with their first pick in Round 1 Here’s a closer look at the 49ers’ mock draft:NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 100 prospects in 202049ers mock draft 2020RoundPick No.PlayerPositionCollege113 (from Colts)Jerry JeudyWRAlabama131Ross BlacklockDTTCU5156 (from Broncos)Kenny WillekesDEMichigan State5176Colby ParkinsonTEStanford6210Jamycal HastyRBBaylor7217 (from Lions)Javelin GuidryCBUtah7245Jalen ElliottSNotre DameRound 1, Pick No. 13 (from Colts): Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaIf Jeudy is still on the board at No. 13, then there’s probably little chance the 49ers would pass on him. He has everything San Francisco could want in a wideout it will deploy opposite Deebo Samuel. He made 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Alabama last season.Behold a selection of the college highlights that are making NFL scouts dizzy:Round 1, Pick No. 31: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCUAfter trading interior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner earlier this offseason, the 49ers could make a surprise run at Blacklock, who has been getting increasingly positive recognition as the draft approaches. There’s also a strong possibility San Francisco will flip this pick for the middle-of-the-draft presence it currently lacks.Round 5, Pick No. 156 (from Broncos): Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan StateWillekes went from walk-on to stud in his four seasons with the Spartans. He was named to three All-Big Ten teams and won the 2018 Defensive Lineman of the Year award. He’s motivated to show he has the athleticism to stick in the NFL.”Not athletic, below-average athleticism for edge rusher””Physical tools don’t jump off the page””Isn’t a good athlete””Has pedestrian physical gifts”Shhhh Just watch… pic.twitter.com/LpvLpzBu9C— Kendrick4️⃣8️⃣ (@kennyw97) March 26, 2020Round 5: Pick No. 176: Colby Parkinson, TE, StanfordTight end is not a need for San Francisco given the All-Pro play of George Kittle, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a 6-7, 252-pound option for even more power football support. Parkinson consistently demonstrated strong receiver instincts at Stanford, which indicates he could be far more than an extra blocking option if he develops further. His college tape is full of basketball-like moves boxing out opponents in coverage. He racked up 12 touchdown catches in 31 games for the Cardinal.Round 6, Pick No. 210: Jamycal Hasty, RB, BaylorThere are few things 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan likes more than a shifty running back to confuse defenses. While Hasty never enjoyed a three-down role at Baylor, he did flash the elusiveness San Francisco prefers, and he could make an enticing late-round lottery ticket selection as a result. Hasty averaged 5.8 yards per rush as a senior and found the end zone seven times. He is expected to be a change-of-pace back at the pro level, though his 4.55 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine raises concern he won’t always be able to break away from opponents once he finds open lanes. The 49ers have successfully invested much of their draft capital in front-seven defensive strength over the past five years, but it might be time for them to turn to the other side of the ball in the 2020 NFL Draft.With two first-round selections, San Francisco shouldn’t have an issue targeting at least one impact receiver early. From there, the team could go a number of ways in fortifying its NFC championship-winning roster. Round 7, Pick No. 217 (from Lions): Javelin Guidry, CB, UtahThere’s little question Guidry can keep up with NFL receivers based on his 4.29 40-yard dash time. He’s also strong for his compact frame. At 5-9, though, it will be difficult for him to match up with larger opponents, which leaves him as a fringe selection.Round 7, Pick No. 245: Jalen Elliott, S, Notre DameElliott would give the 49ers’ secondary a low-risk project. He made his presence felt as an upperclassman for the Fighting Irish, recording 116 tackles and six interceptions over his final two seasons in South Bend.
Roy Keane, Scott Marshall and Paul Lambert 1 Aston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has revealed the club need an experienced manager to keep them in the Premier League.The first-team coach is in temporary charge of the Villans after the sacking of Paul Lambert on Wednesday.But Marshall, who is set to take the team in the FA Cup against Leicester on Sunday, all but ruled himself out of the race to be the next permanent manager at Villa Park.“This is a big club and it’s not somewhere for someone to cut their teeth,” he said.“It’s certainly a big club and I would say there’s not many things which are going to prepare you for this experience so I think a manager with experience is probably necessary but it’s not really my decision or my call.”Lambert was sacked after just two wins in 21 league games which left Villa in the relegation zone.Marshall worked with Lambert at previous club Norwich before he followed him to Villa and the former Arsenal defender revealed his disappointment for his friend.He said: “Absolutely, he’s been really good for me. He brought me in at Norwich and gave me an opportunity there, and brought me here and gave me a great opportunity to work at a great club. I’m hugely disappointed that it’s not going to continue.“I’ve spoken to him and he’s obviously disappointed.”Derby County manager Steve McClaren dismissed claims he would be Villa’s new manager, while Emile Heskey backed his former team-mate Neil Lennon for the role.