Henry Ruggs III

Alabama
WO48

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
AL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
188 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

6.70
Year 1 quality starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.27
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
42.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and DeVonta Smith formed one of the strongest receiver trios we've seen in a long time in 2019. He started 12 contests this past season, averaging a team-high 18.7 yards per catch (40-746) and scoring seven touchdowns while also returning kickoffs (12-286-23.8) and taking a backwards pass (counted as a rush) for a 75-yard touchdown against New Mexico State). Ruggs started all 15 games as a sophomore, ranking second in the SEC with 11 receiving touchdowns and grabbing 46 passes for 741 yards overall (16.1 per). The speedster from Montgomery, Alabama, who was a five-star recruit after scoring 20 touchdowns on 102 touches as a senior, played in all 14 games as a reserve his true freshman season (12-229-19.1, six TDs receiving; 13-239-18.4 kick returns; 8-46-5.8 punt returns). If you see Ruggs throw up a three-fingered salute after scoring a touchdown, it is in memory of his friend, Rod Scott, who died in a car accident in 2016. Ruggs had planned on being with Scott that day but fell ill and did not leave the house.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Ted Ginn Jr.
Overview
Ruggs' speed alone helps both the running and passing games because it forces safeties into more passive positioning. He can work all three levels and his ability to turn slants and crossing routes into big gainers could make him the favorite gift under the tree for a quarterback and offense in need of an explosive weapon. He has quick, sure hands to handle off-target throws, but learning to release, separate and catch against physical NFL cornerbacks could require an adjustment period. He won't rack up the targets, but has explosive speed and talent to imprint on games with regularity.
Strengths
  • Game-breaking speed requires safety help at all times
  • Slick outside-to-inside release
  • Easy, gliding strides as a route-runner
  • Torments coverage with changeup to fastball route speed
  • Has jetpack to take a quick slant to the house from anywhere on field
  • Smooth transitions from more complex routes
  • Disciplined eyes and route conviction to sell double moves
  • Man coverage will struggle staying with over routes and shallow crossers
  • Soft, reliable hands catch it inside and outside the frame
  • Good hand quickness to snare fastballs underneath
  • Shows toughness as a runner with willingness to drop his pads and finish
  • Talented kick returner and gunner on special teams
Weaknesses
  • Requires polish with press release
  • Needs to get free and up the field without excess stutter-steps
  • Had issues dealing with physical LSU cover corners
  • Contested catches could be a challenge early on
  • Must learn to protect the catch-point with his frame
  • Very average as deep-ball tracker
  • Better speed than wiggle on runs after catch
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league