Alabama could have three wide receivers selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Henry Ruggs III is one of them and he is an extremely attractive prospect. He would be a fit on any team, but the Indianapolis Colts could use another weapon on the outside.
Ruggs might be the fastest receiver in college football. If he is not, then he is pretty close. There is no acceleration needed. When Ruggs catches the ball and takes a step, he is at full speed. It is a speed that is unbeatable in a straight line, but he is shifty in the open field and can make defenders miss.
On the season, Ruggs has 38 catches for 719 yards and seven touchdowns. He is averaging 18.9 yards per reception, which is good for 25th in the nation. Jerry Jeudy has received most of the hype out of Alabama because he is viewed as a top five pick. It is not crazy to say that Ruggs is every bit as good.
Could Colts Go Receiver in Draft?
The Colts have one of the top receivers in the league on their roster. T.Y. Hilton is a proven 1,000-yard receiver, but he has had trouble staying on the field. Over the course of three seasons from 2015-2017, Hilton did not miss a game. He missed two last season and has been limited to just seven games in 2019. Devin Funchess was given a one-year deal at the beginning of the season and he was quickly put on IR with a season-ending injury.
The players with the most receptions for the Colts this season are Jack Doyle and Nyheim Hines. This is a team that scores 22.8 points per game and has a questionable quarterback situation moving forward. Yes, they have other needs just like any other team, but the Colts need a playmaker. The days of Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison are long gone. Hilton has battled injuries and they cannot rely on their tight ends every week.
The Colts will not be in the Jeudy conversation. He will be picked early, and Indianapolis will miss out and have to move onto the next best option. That will be Ruggs. Any player that comes from Alabama has a winning mentality and learned to play the game from one of the best coaches of all time.
If the Colts have their minds set on a wide receiver in the draft, they should jump at the opportunity to take Ruggs.