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2019 Peach Bowl: LSU, Oklahoma NFL draft prospects 49ers fans should watch


2019 Peach Bowl: LSU, Oklahoma NFL draft prospects 49ers fans should watch

The NFC West and top seed in the playoffs are on the line for the 49ers come Sunday. All eyes will be on their showdown in Seattle against the Seahawks.

Prior to that, though, football fans will turn their attention to the College Football Playoff. It all starts in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers playing the No. 4-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. 

There will be talent all over the field, starting with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who took home the Heisman Trophy and likely is headed to the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. While the 49ers will be picking near the end of the first round and plenty of talent from this game already will be called, general manager John Lynch should be locked in on this semifinal game. 

Here are four players from the 2019 Peach Bowl who the 49ers should be watching. 

Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Delpit's draft stock has fallen after a sensational sophomore season, which should be a positive to 49ers fans. If Delpit falls to the end of the first round, he could wind up being the steal of the draft. 

Much of Delpit's less impressive stats come from him playing through multiple injuries as a junior. When healthy, the 6-foot-3, 203-pounder can play like Chargers star Derwin James. 

Entering the Peach Bowl, Delpit has 190 tackles -- 16 for loss -- in his three-year career with six sacks, eight interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He has struggled this season with missed tackles, but Delpit is a do-it-all safety who can be a star at the next level. 

Jimmie Ward will be a free agent after this season, and the 49ers need to make an upgrade at safety. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh would have a lot of fun with Delpit if the Jim Thorpe Award winner falls to San Francisco.

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Fulton will get a hell of a test in the Peach Bowl when he lines up against Sooners star receiver CeeDee Lamb. The senior cornerback is elite in coverage and can run with the best of them, though. 

Fulton has one interception and 12 passes defensed this season. The stats don't tell the whole story when it comes to this Tiger. Opposing quarterbacks simply don't look his way, and for good reason. 

Richard Sherman still is elite when healthy, but the 49ers should be eyeing the top cornerbacks in the draft. Ahkello Witherspoon only has been healthy for nine games this season and San Francisco needs a top corner opposite of Sherman. 

Fulton, 6-0, 200 pounds, doesn't fit the long body that Saleh usually looks for. That shouldn't be a red flag, though. He can be a top corner at the next level and should get a long look if he somehow is there when the 49ers are on the clock. 

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

It's no surprise the 49ers need to be looking at receivers in the draft. Deebo Samuel could turn into a star, Emmanuel Sanders will be a free agent and Kendrick Bourne is a solid role player. Outside of that, it's nothing more than a shoulder shrug. 

That can change when Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor are healthy, but that won't stop the 49ers from scouting this deep draft class. 

Jefferson broke out this season while Burrow turned into a superstar. The 6-3 target went from the outside to the inside and the change brought huge numbers. The junior enters Saturday with 88 receptions for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Coach Kyle Shanahan has had success in the past with big slot receivers like Mohamed Sanu, and Jefferson has experience on the inside and outside. He certainly should be available for the 49ers in the first round and even if San Francisco decides to trade back into Round 2. 

The 49ers will have their eyes on a wide array of receivers and Jefferson is just one of them.

Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma

For a team that doesn't have too many holes, Humphrey could make a lot of sense at the end of the first round or if the 49ers trade back. 

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Humphrey isn't the most athletic lineman, though he could be a versatile one. He lines up as the Sooners' center and should be able to transition to guard. The 49ers are locked on the outside at tackle but need help on the interior. 

Humphrey is a redshirt sophomore who has been the anchor for dominant offenses the last two seasons. He can move along the inside of the line and gets nasty in the trenches to make up for not having elite athleticism.

2019 Peach Bowl: LSU, Oklahoma NFL draft prospects for Raiders fans to watch


2019 Peach Bowl: LSU, Oklahoma NFL draft prospects for Raiders fans to watch

Everything is in front of the Raiders on Sunday. A win over the Denver Broncos and three other favorable results would vault them into the AFC playoffs.

While Jon Gruden focuses on the task at hand, some possible future Raiders could be taking the field Saturday when the 2019 College Football Playoffs Semifinals. The first tilt in the double-dip will feature the No. 1-seeded LSU Tigers and the No. 4-seeded Oklahoma Sooners in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The top-seeded Tigers were led by Heisman Trophy winner and presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow. The senior quarterback put together an electric campaign in LSU's revamped offense and has put himself on the fast track to being the next face of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Meanwhile, the Sooners survived a midseason hiccup against Kansas State to win the Big 12 championship on the back of an improved defense and electric plays by star receiver CeeDee Lamb and quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Raiders have two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft and have a number of needs players on both teams could fill. While Burrow won't be wearing silver and black, six other players who suit up Saturday would be a great fit for the next great Raiders draft class. 

Here are six players for Raiders fans and scouts to watch in the 2019 Peach Bowl.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

This one is a no-brainer. If Lamb is on the board when the Raiders go on the clock, the Silver and Black should run to the podium to make him the newest Raider.

The Oklahoma junior receiver has all the tools to be a No. 1 pass-catcher in the NFL. At 6-foot-2, 191 pounds, Lamb has the size needed to play on the perimeter in the NFL. He is a wizard at creating separation at all levels. His hands are tremendous and he is otherworldy in contested-catch situations. He doesn't have lightning speed, but it's good enough to make big plays after the catch and be a downfield threat.

He might end up being the best wide receiver in a loaded draft class, and he's the most NFL ready.

Oh, and he rocked a Fred Biletnikoff jersey after torching Texas.

Make the pick. 

K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

Despite drafting Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby last year, the Raiders still need help on the edge. Oakland's pass rush enters Week 17 with only 30 sacks and needs to find a way to generate more pressure on opposing quarterbacks if they plan to take the next step.

Enter: K'Lavon Chaisson.

The redshirt sophomore has the physical tools that make you think he can be a star on the edge in the NFL. He entered the season needing to show consistency and stay healthy. He had moments of greatness. He beat potential top-10 pick Andrew Thomas on the edge in the SEC Championship Game. He gave Alabama's Alex Leatherwood some issues as well.

Still, he needs to add some strength and could use another year at LSU. If he comes out, the Raiders likely will look his way.

Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Yes, the Raiders drafted Johnathan Abram in the first round last year. No, that shouldn't preclude them from looking at Delpit if he's on the board in the middle of the first round.

The LSU junior has had a down season after a breakout sophomore season that saw him combine for 12 interceptions and pass breakups. Injuries have contributed to a lot of missed tackles for Delpit, but he still only has allowed nine catches in coverage.

Pairing Delpit with Abram and Trayvon Mullen could give the Raiders the makings of the next elite NFL secondary.

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

If you've watched the Raiders at all this season, you know there's a big hole in the middle of their defense. After Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the season following a Week 4 hit against the Indianapolis Colts, the Raiders' defense struggled to keep it together.

The Raiders have had a massive need at linebacker for years, and Murray might be the man to lock down the middle of the Silver and Black's defense.

A freaky athlete, the Oklahoma junior can cover sideline-to-sideline and is a sure tackler. After leading the Sooners in tackles last season, Murray upped his total from 51 to 64 this season.

He'd be a slam-dunk pick for the Raiders.

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

There's little chance the Raiders will take a cornerback in the first round and that's where Fulton will go.

Still, if he's available when the Raiders pick, they will be tempted.

Fulton was the highest-graded cornerback in the SEC. He's an elite cover corner who can run with the best receivers in the game. He'll get a tasty matchup Saturday when he gets the opportunity to try and shut down Lamb.

Mullen is starting to blossom into a shutdown corner, and while corner isn't an immediate need, Fulton would go nicely on the other side.

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Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

If the Raiders choose to not address the wide receiver position with their two first-round draft picks, they could snag a number of solid pass-catchers on Day 2.

The guy who will be occupying the slot for LSU on Saturday will be worth a look.

After transitioning from an outside receiver to the slot man this season, Jefferson has thrived along with everyone else on the Tigers' offense.

At 6-foot-3, 193 pounds, Jefferson caught 88 passes for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns for LSU. He has elite ball skills and is a beast after the catch.

Even if the Raiders select an A-plus receiver like Lamb in Round 1, they should continue to bolster their arsenal with a guy like Jefferson.