2020 NFL Draft Features: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

In our individual draft features, each of our team assigns a rating from the rating system described below. We combine our ratings to give one rating, a projection for where he will get picked, and best fits in the NFL. Here is our 2020 NFL Draft profile of Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.

Rating System

0.0-1.0 – Bust, you won’t remember this name in three years

1.0-2.0 – Mostly minor leagues and practice squads, occasionally makes the top level

2.0-3.0 – Gets some minutes off the bench, not a major contributor

3.0-4.0 – System player – not much of a ‘wow’ factor but could be utilized in a good system

4.0-5.0 – Role Player/Depth Guy (3rd down back, run block TE, etc) – can fill a hole 

5.0-6.0 – Fringe Starter on the Depth Chart

6.0-7.0 – Top of the Depth Chart potential

7.0-8.0 – Starter with big season potential

8.0-9.0 – Consistent All-Star, one of the best in the league at his position

9.0-10.0 – Future Hall of Famer

Henry Ruggs III

College Kids Talking College Sports Grade: 6.6

Grade Range: 6.0 – 7.0

Best NFL Fits: New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

Projection: Round 1, Pick 13, San Francisco 49ers

Analysis: Ruggs is most definitely one of the elite wide receivers in this deep class of pass-catchers, but he’s not even the best on his team. We were all pretty consistent with our grading, with the lowest mark given to Ruggs being a flat 6, and the highest being a 7.0. Ruggs projects as a Year-1 starter, but he will likely be getting drafted to a receiver-needy team that may need him to be their top option. Having thrived playing with Jerry Jeudy at Alabama, Ruggs may need an adjustment period to get used to dealing with the opposing defense’s top corner.
His best fits are the Eagles, desperately in need of a receiver, or the Patriots and the 49ers. The Patriots will be getting a new quarterback, but their system is built around getting big plays out of slants and screens, something the speedy Ruggs is built for. The 49ers could use a more explosive option in the passing game, and playing with George Kittle and the 49ers’ run-first approach, Ruggs could get a chance to thrive in San Francisco. This would be a great selection for both the Alabama star and the 49ers at pick #13.

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