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2020 Draft Profile: Scouting Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III

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Ruggs is the popular pick for the Broncos right now so lets get to know the speedster.

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One prospect who is widely connected to the Denver Broncos is Alabama wide receiver, Henry Ruggs III. He is a 5’11”, 188 pound wide receiver who is considered a top target for the Broncos in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Ruggs III is considered the third-best wide receiver in this draft class according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah who also ranks him as his 11th best prospect in the entire draft.

Ruggs played a total of three seasons at Alabama and turned into an electric play maker for Nick Saban’s offense during those three years. During his three-year career at Alabama, Ruggs totaled 98 receptions for 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns. This past season, he totaled 40 receptions for 746 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also added in 2 rushes for 75 yards and 1 touchdown.

Henry Ruggs

Wide Receiver, Junior, Alabama

Height: 5’11” Weight: 188lbs 40 time: 4.27 seconds

Arm Length: 30 1/2” Hands: 10 1/8”

Vertical Jump: 42 inches Broad Jump: 131.0 inches

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Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Elite game-changing speed
  • Explosive
  • Can house it whenever the balls gets in his hands(You get the idea by now, right?)
  • Smooth route runner who keeps his speed while running his routes
  • Big, strong, and soft hands
  • Has no issues with drops and is a hands catcher, not a body catcher
  • Excellent body control
  • Has the jumps to go up and get the ball. Not his biggest strength, but defiantly something he can do and do well
  • Not your typical soft speedster
  • Will lower his shoulders and initiate contact with defenders and fight for that extra yard
  • Like most Alabama players, he comes out as a polished all-around prospect mentally and physically
  • Will require a safety to cover him over the top day one in the NFL which should open things up for his teammates
  • Just throw it up to him if there is single coverage and he has the speed to go get it, especially if you have a strong arm

Weaknesses

  • The physical LSU corners held him in check a bit, so this is one area where he may need some work
  • Never was the focal point in a crowded receiving group at Alabama which included Jerry Jeudy and likely 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith. How he produces without the protection of those two receivers and the Alabama running game is something to keep an eye on.

What Other Analyst Are Saying

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah on Henry Ruggs.

Ruggs has an unbelievable blend of speed and toughness. He lines up outside and in the slot. He ran a lot of slants and take-off routes in Alabama’s offense — and he was special on both. Ruggs boasts world-class speed — he truly explodes off the line and after the catch. He needs to continue to refine his releases against press (he gives up his chest too often), but not many defenses will want to take that chance against his speed. His hands are good, not great, and he does allow too many balls into his chest. After the catch, he runs away from most defenders while occasionally running through them. He is outstanding on jet sweeps and also has kick-return value. Overall, Ruggs has Tyreek Hill-type ability. He will be a matchup nightmare every week.

The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs III projects as a game breaking wide receiver at the NFL level. Ruggs won’t be a player teams run high volumes of the passing offense through and his speed will command a lot of attention and extra bodies — but he has the ability to provide explosive plays on reps where teams gamble with pressure to leave Ruggs isolated in one on one coverage and his RAC skills make him a threat to take it to the house every single time he touches the ball. A dynamic threat and high end starter.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein on Henry Ruggs III

Ruggs’ speed alone helps both the running and passing games because it forces safeties into more passive positioning. He can work all three levels and his ability to turn slants and crossing routes into big gainers could make him the favorite gift under the tree for a quarterback and offense in need of an explosive weapon. He has quick, sure hands to handle off-target throws, but learning to release, separate and catch against physical NFL cornerbacks could require an adjustment period. He won’t rack up the targets, but has explosive speed and talent to imprint on games with regularity.

Henry Ruggs III RAS score

Does Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III make sense for the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft?

A perfect fit!

The Broncos already have their number one wide receiver in Courtland Sutton who can do a bit of everything very well. They have a young explosive tight end who can create mismatches in the middle of the field. They also have a two-headed rushing attack in Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. The last thing the Broncos need in their offense is a field stretching speedster like Ruggs who can chase down Drew Lock’s deep balls.

Do I think Ruggs makes it to the Broncos pick at 15? No way. No player with his skill set AND runs a 4.27 40-time falls to the 15th overall pick. He may even be the first receiver taken off the board if we are being honest here. I think if the Broncos truly want him, they will have to trade up for him.

Could he fall to 15? It’s the draft, anything is possible, but I have a hard time seeing him making it past the Jets or Raiders. He could even go earlier than that.

I think Ruggs is on top of the Broncos wish list as we head towards the draft, but it seems highly unlikely that he will make it to 15. I for one hope they can come away with him but we shall see how it goes here in a few weeks. Either way, I think the Broncos come away with one of the top three wide receivers.

Poll

Do you want the Broncos to trade up for wide receiver Henry Ruggs III?

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  • 10%
    Yes - whatever it takes
    (121 votes)
  • 43%
    Yes - but only if it’s reasonable
    (494 votes)
  • 41%
    No - sit and take BPA
    (466 votes)
  • 4%
    OFFENSIVE LINE OR BUST!!!
    (47 votes)
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