If the Broncos are faced with the opportunity to draft Henry Ruggs III in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, I’m not sure they would pass on it.
There have been some scenarios thrown out recently where Ruggs’ teammate at Alabama, Jerry Jeudy, is available at 15 for the Broncos. I think that would make this a tough decision at the very least, but Ruggs’ speed is pretty much exactly what the Broncos need in their offense right now.
Ruggs’ apparent 4.25 speed would be great just to have someone on one side of the field who could take pressure off of Courtland Sutton, but I’ve said over and over again that every time I’ve watched Ruggs, I never got the impression that he was a ‘track’ guy who was simply asked to put on the pads and give football a try.
He played inside and outside at Alabama, showing off excellent toughness as a receiver and obviously proving himself over and over as a dynamic big-play threat in the passing game.
Ruggs’ play speed is ridiculous, and probably rivaled in the NFL today only by someone like Tyreek Hill. He can accelerate in the blink of an eye and defenders just can’t catch up with him if he gets a full head of steam.
Because of his rare speed, I think there exists a real possibility some teams will prioritize him over Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, and the Broncos might be able to snag one of those guys as well.
In the simulation I ran, Ruggs was there, and it’s really not a complicated or hard pick at this point.