As we head towards the 2020 NFL Draft, football analyst Liz Loza will deliver a snapshot of the top prospects at each position that will include their pro comparison and best fantasy fit. She starts off her series with the wide receivers — here’s the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Henry Ruggs III.
Ruggs has the words “I will do something great. I will be something great.” tattooed on his right leg in remembrance of his best friend Rod Scott, who was tragically killed in a car accident. It was Scott who urged Ruggs to shift his focus from basketball to football and persuaded him to try out for the high school squad.
After posting the third-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) in NFL Combine history, Ruggs’ quicks certainly have people talking. While his long speed is obvious, the blazer’s immediate acceleration makes his play all the more electric.
At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Ruggs’ frame is far from imposing. While there’s a compelling toughness to his game, Ruggs’ size (and lack of a high catch radius) prevent him from being a hyper-physical player who boxes out and consistently excels in contested situations.
More than a one-dimensional speedster, Ruggs is a versatile player with soft hands and a surprising amount of grit for his size. A clean and explosive route runner, the Alabama product has the experience and skill to make an immediate impact at the next level working in the slot, as an outside deep threat, or on special teams.
At his ceiling, he’s Tyreek Hill (and if he falls short, he’s Ted Ginn).
The 21-year-old would be a substantial addition to the Eagles, a team desperate for speed and depth behind a 33-year-old DeSean Jackson. The Broncos are another franchise that makes sense, as Ruggs’ skillset would complement emerging No. 1 WR Courtland Sutton.
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