The San Francisco 49ers acquired Emmanuel Sanders last season and he helped them make a run towards a Super Bowl title, though they fell just short. There were hopes that he would re-sign with the team in free agency, but instead, he chose the New Orleans Saints. Now the 49ers are in desperate need of a wide receiver to add to a group led by Deebo Samuel.
Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III is a big-time playmaker that averaged 17.5 yards per reception during his collegiate career. He had 24 touchdowns on just 98 receptions. That type of skill would be scary alongside Samuel with Jimmy Garoppolo slinging the ball.
Ruggs could be the final piece of the 49ers puzzle to create an offensive juggernaut with George Kittle and a strong running game spearheaded by Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert. The speed from Ruggs means opposing safeties play a bit deeper, and that will lead to more success in the running game too. Opposing defenses would have incredible difficulty creating favorable matchups, and the offenses for those teams would likely struggle to keep up in the points department.
Aside from his big-play abilities on offense, Ruggs is also a more than capable kick or punt returner, and he could help break games wide open for San Francisco.