Henry Ruggs III
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6' 0" Wt: 190 Age: 21 Exp: years College: Alabama Drafted: 2020 R1 12,
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Position Rank: 240th
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Week 21
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Week 21
Posted: 4/29/2020 5:52 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said rookie WR Henry Ruggs III stood out due to his speed (4.27 seconds at NFL Combine), which was a distinguishing factor of choosing him in the first round of the NFL Draft over other highly touted prospects. Mayock added Ruggs III's explosion and work ethic were also part of the decision. 'When you're in the division we're in and you look at Kansas City and you look at what they have on offense and what their explosion looks like, we needed to get faster and we think that his addition opens up our entire offense,' Mayock said of the selection. 'He can run the deep routes. He also gets the manufactured touches, the bubble screens, the jet sweeps. I think if you force defenses to roll coverage, it opens up our run game.' Mayock went on to note that defenses respecting deep routes also opens up underneath routes for TE Darren Waller.
Huddle Up: Dangerous speed can definitely make a difference to an offense and the Raiders found that in Ruggs III. Will it translate to fantasy football success? Probably not immediately in a season with an altered offseason, but Ruggs III brings plenty to the table. Consider him a boom-or-bust WR5 during draft day; obviously his value is higher in dynasty formats.
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