Henry Ruggs III Player Profile
One of the biggest names of the 2020 draft class, Henry Ruggs III set the world on fire last season. The Alabama wideout not only had a good year from a production standpoint, putting up a respectable 40/746/7--even when lined up across from Jerry Jeudy, another elite prospect--but his combine was otherworldly. When you think Ruggs, you need to be thinking Tyreek Hill, if not something more.
Tyreek Hill v Henry Ruggs III
Height) 5’10” 6’0”
Weight) 185 lbs 189 lbs
Hands) 8” 10 ⅛ ”
Arms) 30 ½ ” 30 ½ ”
Vertical) 40.5” 42”
40 Yard Dash) 4.29 4.27
Talent: Mid-Late First Round
1) Freakish Athleticism
From speed to jumping ability, Henry Ruggs is one-of-a-kind. He rates in the 98th percentile in 40 yard dash time, the 97th in vertical leap, and the 94th in the broad jump. Not only that, but his hands are also in the 90th percentile in terms of size. If Tyreek Hill is a cheat code, Ruggs is a hacker.
A lot of smaller receivers shy away from contact, but not Ruggs; He is a phenomenal finisher, always finding ways to fall forward to gain the extra yard.
3) Safety Magnet
Similar to Tyreek Hill, containing Ruggs requires safety help. Cornerbacks simply cannot keep up with him, opening up the field for whoever is lucky enough to end up with Ruggs on their team. He will put up numbers from day one, but his on-field gravity may lead him to have an even bigger impact on the field than the stat sheet.
There aren’t many things to criticize about Ruggs, but this is one area where he could improve. His tracking is rather average on deep balls, but so far he’s been able to overcome this with his sheer ability to out-run and out-jump his competition. If he wants to be a true WR1 against NFL coverages, this is something he will need to improve.
Ruggs is fantastic after the catch, but in terms of getting open, he hasn’t shown himself to be as agile as he is fast. That’s not to say he can’t showcase this at the next level, but until now, speed has been enough to maneuver his way through most college defenses. That might make this less of a negative than an unknown.
1) Philadelphia Eagles
In 2017, Carson Wentz was a legitimate contender for league MVP. We know Ruggs has an incredibly high ceiling as a playmaker, the biggest need for an Eagles organization filled with foundational pieces.
2) New York Jets
The Jets have a lot of surrounding talent but still lack a true #1 wideout. Drafting Ruggs at 11 would not only give Sam Darnold another weapon but one whose speed would effectively spread the field for guys like Le’veon Bell and Chris Herndon.
3) Oakland Raiders
As I discussed in my CeeDee Lamb profile (https://www.ffstateofmind.com/post/ceedee-lamb-player-profile), Oakland has never given Derek Carr a true WR1 to work with. Before they decide whether to stick with Carr for the long term, they might want to pick up Ruggs at 19--if he’s still available--to see what he’s got.