The Las Vegas Raiders drafted Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs with the 12th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is an in-depth look at the first-round receiver.
This was despite the other consensus top receivers in Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb still being on the board in what was the dream scenario for most Raiders fans (and probably the front office as well).
When it came to the big three of receivers (Jeudy, Lamb, Ruggs) it really depended on which style of receiver you preferred, as all three were considered the No. 1 depending on whose board you were looking at.
Ruggs may have been considered the best receiver in the class by fewer people than the other two, but regardless, it was thought by most that you can’t go wrong with any of the three.
Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock decided they wanted the fastest player in the entire draft — Henry Ruggs.
It makes sense, considering the team’s lack of speed on the outside as well as the fact that their lack of big-play ability is what staggered an efficient but conservative and rather dull offense the Raiders fielded last year.
It’s a common sentiment that the Raiders drafted the vertical big-play threat over the two more complete receivers. But make no mistake, Ruggs is not just a speedy vertical threat, he is much more than that.
And here we will get into why Ruggs has the potential to be an all-around No. 1 receiver in the next few slides.