Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
Henry Ruggs III is the fastest player in pads that I’ve ever seen. He is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He impacts the game plans of defensive coordinators, as they have to account for Ruggs’ insane speed. Outside his speed, he an impressive athlete, who can make the contested catch, plays with tremendous body control and makes outstanding adjustments to the football.
In the video below, Ruggs speed is on display as he chases down Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior after he picked off a Tua Tagovailoa pass in the end zone. Ruggs’ effort on this placed what would have been a surefire touchdown for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Henry Ruggs is a roadrunner.
He made up 5 yards on Nigel Warrior in 30 yards. pic.twitter.com/bNuhuaiOeX
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 20, 2019
Ruggs is far more than a player that can catch a slant in traffic and turn it into a touchdown. He also possesses the ability to timely leap, locate the football and make a tremendous catch as the video below will highlight.
We see you, Henry Ruggs. We see you. pic.twitter.com/GQNmmxa5rQ
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 24, 2018
There is a chance that Henry Ruggs runs the fastest forty-yard dash we have ever seen at the NFL Scouting Combine. Combine that with his tape, and you see a top-15 draft selection in the 2020 NFL draft. He reminds me much of a bigger version of Kansas City Chiefs’ superstar Tyreek Hill.