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2020 Draft Profile: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III will be 'a matchup nightmare every week'

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

Height / Weight: 5'11" / 188 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 40 receptions, 746 yards, 18.7 yards per reception, seven touchdowns

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #11

Giants current depth at WR: Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Cody Core, Da'Mari Scott, Alex Bachman, David Sills V, Reggie White Jr.'s Daniel Jeremiah: Ruggs has an unbelievable blend of speed and toughness. He lines up outside and in the slot. He ran a lot of slants and take-off routes in Alabama's offense -- and he was special on both. Ruggs boasts world-class speed -- he truly explodes off the line and after the catch. He needs to continue to refine his releases against press (he gives up his chest too often), but not many defenses will want to take that chance against his speed. His hands are good, not great, and he does allow too many balls into his chest. After the catch, he runs away from most defenders while occasionally running through them. He is outstanding on jet sweeps and also has kick-return value. Overall, Ruggs has Tyreek Hill-type ability. He will be a matchup nightmare every week.

View photos of Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III.’s Lance Zierlein: 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.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: As the Crimson Tide's No. 2 receiver, Ruggs' game is all about speed, though he improved as a route runner in 2018, when he had 46 catches for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 18.6 yards per catch last season, and he had seven touchdowns, though he didn't get much target volume in a stacked Bama offense. Check out this route on a 74-yard TD catch on which he almost outruns the throw. Ruggs is the early favorite to be the fastest prospect in the 2020 class, and he is perfect for today's NFL.

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