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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III
Oct 19, 2019; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Bryce Thompson (20) breaks up a pass intended for Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who caught 40 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2019. Made 46 receptions for 741 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Missed one game in 2019 due to bruised ribs.

Positives
Explosive game-breaking skill player who is effective as a receiver and kick returner. Fast with a tremendous burst of speed that he turns on in a single step. Extends or lays out to make the difficult reception and displays solid hand-eye coordination and concentration.

Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, tracks the pass in the air and gets vertical to come away with the difficult catch. Easily makes the reception in stride at full speed. Quickly transitions upfield after the catch. Gives effort as a blocker.

Negatives
Struggles in battles and loses out to opponents. Never had great production at Alabama. Needs space to work and does not catch the ball well in a crowd. Gathers himself into routes.

Analysis
Ruggs is a physically gifted receiver with game-breaking speed who impacts contests at receiver and return specialist. He benefited from so much talent around him at Alabama and was more opportunistic than a consistent playmaker. Ruggs has tremendous upside, but he’s not a sure thing and will need to improve all areas of his game before he’ll be able to consistently see the field in the NFL.

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