Tee Higgins Player Profile
After catching balls for one of College Football’s best quarterbacks, Trevor Lawrence, Tee Higgins is ready to enter to enter the National Football League. Deciding to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft was a no brainer. Higgins is coming off back-to-back successful seasons in Clemson. Combining for 25 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards. Physically, Higgins has the perfect build for an NFL WR. His 6’4’’ and 215 pounds frame proves to be dominant when fighting for the ball while being contested. CBS Sports has Higgins ranked as the 4th best wide receiver, behind Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama wide outs Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Juedy.
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The pros for Higgins is that he is a physical wide receiver who has great hands. High-pointing the ball and being able to box out defenders is another plus for Higgins. He has great control over his long frame which helps him utilize it to his advantage. Higgins does a good job at beating defensive backs off the line of scrimmage, but I would like to see him be more physical with his release. Nonetheless, that is something that can be worked on. His route running is the biggest concern. He is successful on the deep ball, but his short game needs work. At first, I saw a little Keenan Allen in him, but Allen's short game is far more superior than Higgins. Higgins would be much harder to defend if he was able to diversify his route portfolio. Tee Higgins is drawing a lot of A.J. Green comparisons. This serves as a strong pro comparison because of their size and style. Both Green and Higgins have long strides that help them separate themselves from defenders. They do not look speedy, but it is hard to catch up to them if they beat you on the line of scrimmage. I see Tee Higgins going towards the end of the first round to either the Buffalo Bills or the New Orleans Saints. I like his fit with New Orleans better since he would transition into the role of a WR2 right behind Michael Thomas. Higgins would be able to spread the field and making it harder for defenses to prepare for both Thomas and Higgins. In Buffalo, he would be forced into a WR1 role. I am not saying this is something he can't handle, however, I don't see him as a WR1. Higgins will add immediate value from the second he first steps on the field, but in order to take it to the next level, he will have to work on being more than just a vertical and red zone threat.