Denver Broncos 2020 mock draft: Trading up for Henry Ruggs

The Denver Broncos could start off the 2020 NFL Draft with a bang on offense. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos could start off the 2020 NFL Draft with a bang on offense. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Henry Ruggs 2020 NFL Draft Denver Broncos
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 14: Henry Ruggs III #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

If the Denver Broncos covet Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, they may not be able to get him without trading up in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Denver Broncos have a need for speed (and more talent and depth) on the offensive side of the ball in the 2020 NFL Draft. The fastest offensive weapon in the 2020 draft class is Alabama’s Henry Ruggs, whose blazing 4.27 in the 40-yard dash was honestly somewhat of a disappointment.

Everyone wanted to see Ruggs bust the 4.2 barrier, but the 4.27 will more than suffice.

Although many felt like Ruggs’ 4.27 put him out of the Broncos’ range, the reality is, he was probably not a realistic option to last to the 15th overall selection in the first place. If Ruggs was going to be taken because of his other-worldly speed, that was something everyone already knew about.

The 4.27 was not a surprise, and it’s not like Ruggs didn’t put his speed to good use in the actual games he played.

With 100 touches at Alabama, Ruggs scored a whopping 25 total touchdowns. He scored a touchdown one in every four times he touched the ball and averaged 18 yards per touch over three seasons.

Not only is Ruggs a freakish athlete, but he’s also freaky productive with the ball in his hands.

There will be teams that have Ruggs as their WR1 in this year’s draft, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Broncos were one of them.

So how do the Broncos get him? They aren’t going to be able to sit at 15 overall. Not at this point. If the Jets don’t want a left tackle badly enough, they’ll take him at 11. The Raiders would take him at 12. The Colts might take him at 13. The Eagles or Bills might jump ahead of the Broncos and take him at 14.

One way or another, someone is probably going to have to jump someone for Ruggs.

Why not the Broncos?

We have looked at a ton of mock draft scenarios this year, but not one where the Broncos trade up to get Henry Ruggs. Let’s take a look at what it might cost Denver and how they could make it happen.