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The Road to the Draft: Henry Ruggs

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Published on Apr 21, 2020

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Age: 21 - Role: Wide Receiver – College: Alabama
Class: Junior – Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m) Weight: 188 lbs (85 kg)

As we've seen with cards previously posted on the “Huddle Magazine”, the class of receivers this year is really strong and so deep to the point of bothering the class of the nba Draft 2014. In the first round, there are many talents who will be chosen, and after the most famous Jeudy and Lamb, we have the fast, as well as the college roommate of the aforementioned number 4, Alabama, Henry Ruggs, who draft stock is going up day after day. Since high school Ruggs proved to be a talent out of the norm, so as to deserve to be called a college prestigious as Alabama. He saw the field right from the year as a freshman, producing well 6 touchdowns, in 2018, these went up to 11. In the last season, his figures (40 receipt for 744 yards and 7 touchdowns) are not climb very much indeed, but she has kept for the whole year, the average of 18.6 yards per reception, always remembering the injury of his starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.

We can start to talk about Ruggs without departing from its speed, the guy is really a bolt of lightning so it looks like always the fastest on the playing field, and this of course helps a lot in deep tracks. As his companion Jeudy, when he has the ball in hand is really difficult to tackle in the open field is a real champion capable of grinding yards on the yard, so as to give the feeling of being able to score goals from every area of the field. Although the rating is not outstanding is not afraid of the contact with the secondary enemy, not even the most dangerous in the middle of the field, and often comes out of difficult situations as if it were a ball gone mad. The hands are soft and natural so as to have only 5 drop in three years and a drop rate of only 2.4 percent. Always knows how to find the ball when it is in the air and win balls contested in spite of the height, not the elite. Can also be used as a runner in various “jet sweep” and trick play/screen, considering that he is often given a nice “cushion” pre snap. Against press coverage he has given proof of being able to free himself very well and his knowledge of the tracks, goes well beyond the just go on along. He has also learned to use both head and shoulders to get the rhythm of the play cornerback opponents. The college was mostly used as a receiver external (425 snap against the 97 from the slot in 2019), but often is put in motion, and then is used to playing across the field.

Sometimes a part from the snap a little too much exhaust and static, bringing his track to be inevitably out pace. Fails well to wriggle in traffic when he has the ball in hand, reducing the speed of the track. Relies so much on his speed to get rid of, and then not use almost never the body to create distance between himself and the defender. Will probably need a coach able to give many touches and put it always in movement, in order to avoid too much physical contact with the defense.

Among the pro could become a playmaker offensive high-level, a player may use it on the whole front, and that will need many touches. He really has no problems to adapt to any schema that is offensive and may, starting off that in the slot, it's up to the offensive coordinator to put him in the ideal position to create constant miss match. Many people wonder why his production is not to the levels of the other receivers of this class. The answer is simple, Ruggs has played in a team with a corps of receivers really is phenomenal, not only Jeudy, but also Smith, and Waddle, who will be chosen in the Draft in the future. To remove any doubt, when Ruggs is the target of a step, the rating of 151.4.

Henry Ruggs is on paper, the third receiver in the Draft, behind Jeudy and Lamb, but he has a talent out of the norm, so much so that in other classes would be able to be the first receiver chosen. At the combine he dominated the 40-yard with an amazing time of 4,27 seconds. May be chosen in the top 15, especially if his two colleagues were to be chosen in the top 10. The 13 we are the San Francisco 49ers have lost Sanders in free agency and are looking for a engagement important in the role. With Shanahan at his shoulders, Ruggs, in conjunction with Samuel, it may create several grits all defenses in the league. To 15 there are the Denver Broncos this year they will focus all on the young quarterback Drew Lock, which, except for improved Courtland Sutton, has many weapons on the outside. With the outlet of the Ruggs, the Lock would be a target that is reliable and that could help him on all the tracks, especially on the long.

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