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Mark McGwire's 17-year-old son smashes home runs like dad in showcase

Mark McGwire's 17-year-old son smashes home runs like dad in showcase

McGwire is back. No, not Mark, but the last name certainly is.

Stemming off ESPN’s recent debut of “Long Gone Summer,” which highlights former A’s slugger Mark McGwire and ex-Chicago Cubs outfielder Samy Sosa’s intense home run race back in 1998 when McGwire was a St. Louis Cardinal, is footage of Mac’s son Max taking some swings and hitting some bombs.

Max, 17, is currently participating in the Perfect Game National Showcase in Hoover, Ala. 

The showcase is put on annually for athletes heading into their final year of high school. 

For Max, it’s the perfect opportunity to prove why his player rating (9.5 for Perfect Game) is as high as it is. 

The first baseman and right-handed pitcher is described on the site as someone who “moves very well off the bag at first base, has agile feet, big arm strength for the position and no reason athletically that he can't play third base or a corner outfield position.”

It was also noted in the report that the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has a “high hand start and a quick and short path to the ball.”

Mark himself was known to have a short, compact swing in the midst of an illustrious 16-year career, and well, those numbers speak for themselves.

Max, an Oklahoma commit, also received some praise for his timing and the fact he “can hit bombs already without adult strength.”

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His dad had a strong MLB resume with 12 All-Star selections, five single-season home-run crowns, two World Series rings and an AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1987.

It appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 

Raiders get another look at Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb at Oklahoma Pro Day

Raiders get another look at Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb at Oklahoma Pro Day

The Raiders' draft board is getting clearer as we get closer to the 2020 NFL Draft and general manager Mike Mayock got another look at a few of his possible desired targets Wednesday. 

Mayock was in attendance at the Oklahoma Pro Day, where quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, linebacker Kenneth Murray and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore among others worked out. Mayock was seen chatting with Hurts in between drills. 

The Raiders currently own the No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks in the first round as well as three third-round draft picks. 

Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden would love it if Lamb fell to them at No. 12. He would give them a dynamic receiver who can stretch the field vertically and make people miss with the ball in his hands. 

At No. 19, the Raiders surely will look to draft Murray or LSU's Patrick Queen to fill a linebacker hole that has plagued the franchise for years. The linebacker did not work out at his pro day after he tweaked his hamstring during the NFL Scouting Combine. 

The Raiders would love to get Gallimore in Silver and Black, but after his electric combine performance, he's likely to be taken in the latter third of the first round. 

Hurts is the most interesting one of the bunch. He's quickly rising up draft boards. He wowed at the combine in passing drills, athletic testing and interviews. He has all the necessary tools to be a dynamic quarterback in the new era of the NFL. It would be good for Hurts to go somewhere he can sit a year or two and develop before taking over the starting job, and the Raiders seem to have a great interest in the Heisman Trophy finalist. 

He's got good mobility, excellent pocket awareness and a strong arm. He showed a knack for making winning plays during his time at both Alabama and Oklahoma. If he can clean up a his footwork and polish his delivery he has the potential to be the face of a franchise. 

In fact, Hurts already appears to have worked on his footwork and delivery, as he showed off at his pro day. 

Hurts made several NFL throws and showed he can work both from the shotgun and under center. If the Raiders like him, they might need to move up into Round 2 to secure him, but they have the ammo to do just that. 

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The NFL draft currently is expected to be held on schedule amid the coronavirus outbreak. The NFL sent a memo to teams Friday banning them from having prospects at their facilities or visiting them, which means no more pro days. 

The Raiders should have enough information at this point to navigate another successful draft. If they have their way, a few Sooners will be wearing silver and black next fall.

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.