Raiders select Henry Ruggs with No. 12 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft
The Las Vegas Raiders have selected Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Ruggs is a top-tier wideout with long arms, big hands, speed to burn and a vertical jump (42 inches) worthy of an NBA Draft pick. He is one of two ‘Bama juniors to be drafted in the first round along with fellow receiver Jerry Jeudy.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound receiver is part of one of the strongest receiving cores under coach Nick Saban, coupled with Jeudy and DaVonta Smith.
He started 12 games in 2019, averaging a team-high 18.7 yards per catch (40 receptions, 746 yards) and scoring seven touchdowns while also taking on kick return duties.
Ruggs started all 15 games as a sophomore, hauling in 11 receiving touchdowns and snagging 46 passes for 741 yards (16.1 per catch). Ruggs is known for his three-fingered salute after getting into the endzone — a nod to his late 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.
The Montgomery native is one of the best two receivers available in the draft next to CeeDee Lamb.
A few have made the comparison to Tedd Ginn Jr., considering Ruggs’ blazing 40-yard dash speed (4.27 seconds) and his ability to turn slants and crossing routes into big plays.
He’ s a sure-handed target on the field, but he will need to understand the nuances of release and separation to get by bigger, more physical defenders.