4. Henry Ruggs III
Ruggs isn’t the best wide receiver in his draft class, but he might be the fastest player who is slated to go in Round 1. Gruden isn’t a coach who is seduced by speed every year, but he will be interested in the idea of adding a sprint guy like Ruggs to his receiving corps.
Lining Ruggs and Tyrell Williams up on the opposite side of the offensive formation could cause serious problems for opposing secondaries. Ruggs has the speed to take the top off of defenses with regularity. That would give Williams a ton of room to use his size to win battles on the other side of the field.
The question about Ruggs center on whether or not he can develop the other aspects of his game. If he becomes an above average route runner he’s got a chance to blossom into a Pro Bowler early in his NFL career. Even if he doesn’t, his speed gives him a floor as an adequate starter.
Ruggs shouldn’t be in consideration for the Raiders at No. 12, but if he slips all the way down to 19 he could easily turn into a high quality selection. The franchise might choose to address the position before Ruggs makes sense, but if they pass on receiver at 12, he’ll garner serious interest when they make their second selection on day one.