Henry Ruggs III declares for 2020 NFL Draft

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On the heels of Monday’s draft declaration by Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III announced he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft as well.

Ruggs made his announcement via a letter posted to The Players Tribune. In his emotional letter, Ruggs thanked teammates, coaches, the athletic department, as well as his professors and advisors. 

“I never gave anything less than my all. I offered up my heart and soul to this team, and I truly just wanted to work as hard as I could to get better and better as a player. I can honestly say that, as a member of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, I tried my very best to do everything I could to help my team, my brothers, every way I could—every game, every practice, every day.”

Ruggs finishes his career at Alabama with 98 receptions, 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns. This season, Ruggs recored 40 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns. His breakout sophomore campaign saw him score 11 touchdowns on 46 catches and 741 yards. 

Draft Stock: Henry Ruggs

An elite speed receiver, Henry Ruggs figures to notch one of the fastest 40-yard-dash times at the Draft Combine.

According to Matt Zeintz, who covers Alabama sports for AL.com, reported that Ruggs received a 2nd-round grade the the NFL Draft advisory committee. But he’s likely a first-round come April. 

There is a deep wide receiver class in this year’s draft. Ruggs is jockeying for draft position with other prospects like Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins and Jalen Reagor.

Despite the reported grade from the NFL draft advisory committee, Ruggs is probably a first round selection. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders choose him with the No. 19 overall selection.

Ruggs joins Tagovailoa, Jeudy, OL Jedrick Wills and S Xavier McKinney as early entrants from Alabama.

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