2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

HEIGHT: 5-11 / WEIGHT: 188 / COLLEGE: Alabama / CLASS: Junior

2019 STATS (12 GAMES): 40 rec, 746 yards, 18.7 YPC, 7 touchdowns

CAREER STATS (40 GAMES): 98 rec, 1,716 yards, 17.5 YPC, 24 touchdowns

GAMES WATCHED (7): South Carolina, Duke, LSU, Auburn, New Mexico State, Tennessee (2019); Texas A&M (2018)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.27 42″ 131″

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (3.5/5)

  • Slightly undersized, but has a pretty sizable catch radius thanks to excellent leaping ability and superb top-end speed
  • Average arm length for a person of his height (30 1/2″)
  • Could add more mass to his frame

SPEED/BURST (10/10)

  • Elite short-area burst
  • Game-changing top-end speed
  • Dangerous deep threat
  • Demands consistent safety help over the top
  • Home-run threat from anywhere on the field

AGILITY (10/10)

  • Elite foot quickness
  • Smooth change-of-direction movement

ROUTE RUNNING/SEPARATION (17/20)

  • Shows good technical skill and variety in release plans — uses combinations and variations of stutter-steps, hesitation moves, shoulder dips and hand-fighting techniques like the forearm pull to free himself from press coverage
  • Release speed is startling when cornerbacks play off
  • Sudden route breaks and superb stop-start ability allow him to create multiple yards of space against man coverage on horizontal-breaking routes
  • Was mostly tasked with running short routes like slants, hitches, drags and screens and deep routes like posts and streaks, so he may need work to become a bigger threat at the intermediate level of the field
  • Has a lot of experience playing on the boundary and some experience playing from the slot
  • Can struggle to separate at the top of routes vs. physical corners
  • Could do a better job of selling routes with his eyes

RUN AFTER CATCH (9.5/10)

  • Tough runner after the catch with good contact balance
  • Always a threat to take it the distance when the defense gives him a crease
  • Outruns favorable pursuit angles regularly
  • Not especially creative in the open field but has good vision and sets up blocks well

HANDS/BALL SKILLS (18/20)

  • Natural hands catcher with good catch consistency
  • Has spectacular catch ability
  • Shows good toughness and concentration to make catches in traffic
  • Could high-point the ball more consistently

BODY CONTROL (9/10)

  • Able to make tough catches away from his frame thanks to plus hand strength and body control
  • Gears down easily for routes that work back towards the ball

BEAT PRESS (7/10)

  • Gets off of press using quickness and refined footwork; can also dip the shoulder and use hand-fighting techniques to earn a clean release
  • Avoids getting jammed at the line fairly consistently, but can have trouble maintaining separation if corners get a hand on him as he pushes vertically
  • Currently lacks the functional strength to fend off physical corners throughout the route
  • Could benefit greatly from added upper-body strength

TRACK/ADJUST (4/5)

  • Tracks the ball well on downfield throws
  • Works himself into soft spots of zone coverage
  • Can be late to get head around on quick-hitting throws
  • Could do a better job of adjusting on broken plays

OVERALL GRADE: 88.00/100.00 — EARLY 1ST ROUND — Quality starter with Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON: Tyreek Hill

SCHEME FIT: Z receiver with the versatility to play Y. Ideally suited to play in a vertical offense.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-15 pick

Henry Ruggs will need to improve his functional strength/physicality at the top of routes to realize the entirety of his immense potential, but even without that, he’s a high-floor player. If he improves on his ability to separate against physical corners, he could become a top-5 NFL receiver.

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