#11
Henry Ruggs III
Rec Yards TD
40 746 7
Team: Alabama Crimson TideHeight: 6-0 Born: N/A
Position: WRWeight: 190 Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

A five-star prospect from Montgomery, Ala., Ruggs was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017 as a return specialist before making a bigger mark in the passing game in 2018, when he snagged 46 passes for 741 yards and 11 scores. With very similar numbers last season (40-746-7), he finished his career averaging 17.5 yards per catch. Had two receptions and one rush of 70-plus yards in 2019.

As expected, Ruggs blazed the fastest 40-yard dash (4.27) at the NFL Scouting Combine, falling five hundredths short of John Ross' record. He tweaked his quad, however, and did not participate in other drills.

ANALYSIS

Ruggs was perhaps the fastest player in college football, exploding off the line of scrimmage, instantly challenging vertically and thereby creating easy separation on underneath routes. Impressive balance and change of direction for a player with his explosive straight-line speed, snapping out of his breaks to give his quarterback wide-open passing lanes. Tracks the ball beautifully over either shoulder on deep balls, but is just as effective on underneath routes. Courageous in going over the middle and is more physical after the catch than his relatively slim frame and speed-demon reputation would suggest. His athleticism is not limited to purely speed, as he shows impressive timing, leaping ability and body control to contort to make difficult grabs in traffic. Three-year standout on special teams, as well, handling punt (18.4 yards per attempt) and kick returns (23.8) and contributing 14 tackles.

Like any sportscar, this speedster needs fine-tuning to be at his best, as Ruggs has struggled with various "minor" injuries, including a hip-pointer and bruised ribs in 2019. A bit reliant on his athleticism to get clear at the line of scrimmage, often resorting to a simple delayed skip-step to throw off corners' attempts at a jam but also disrupting his timing with the quarterback as a result. Occasionally allows passes into his chest. More pesky than truly problematic as a downfield blocker. Played more of a complementary role -- rather than being a true No. 1 target -- for the supremely gifted Crimson Tide.

PRO COMPARISON

Will Fuller, Houston Texans -- The ability to stretch the field vertically earned Fuller (who ran a 4.36 in the 40) the 21st selection in the 2016 draft. Expected to be a more polished overall receiver at similar points in their career, Ruggs projects as at least an instant deep threat and perhaps much, much more.

Projection: 1st Round

--Field Level Media


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 Ala  14 0 0 - 0 12 229 19.1 6
2018 Ala  15 0 0 - 0 46 741 16.1 11
2019 Ala  12 2 75 37.5 1 40 746 18.7 7
Career   41 2 75 37.5 1 98 1716 17.5 24

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2017 Ala  14 0
2018 Ala  15 0
Career   41 0

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2017 Ala  14 8 46 5.8 0 13 239 18.4 0
2019 Ala  12 0 0 - 0 12 286 23.8 0
Career   41 8 46 5.8 0 25 525 21.0 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
8/31/2019 Duke 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 14 7.0 0 9
9/7/2019 NMSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 75 75.0 1 75 4 66 16.5 1 39
9/14/2019 @ SCar 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 122 20.3 1 81
9/21/2019 SouMis 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 148 37.0 2 74
9/28/2019 Miss 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 11 11.0 0 11
10/12/2019 @ TexA&M 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 33 33.0 1 33
10/19/2019 Tenn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 72 18.0 0 48
10/26/2019 Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 47 11.8 1 18
11/9/2019 LSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 68 22.7 0 26
11/16/2019 @ MissSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 39 13.0 0 26
11/30/2019 @ Auburn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 99 16.5 1 33
1/1/2020 Mich 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 0 0.0 0 0 2 27 13.5 0 25