5 NFL Draft prospects that will probably get over drafted thanks to the hype train

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Henry Ruggs III, NFL Draft
AUBURN, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 30: Henry Ruggs III #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against the Auburn Tigers in the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

1. Henry Ruggs III

Nick Saban is a pretty good judge of talent. The fact that he made Jerry Jeudy, and not Henry Ruggs III, his No. 1 wide receiver at Alabama should tell scouts something. The fact that Ruggs might go ahead of his talented teammate in this year’s draft is absurd.

Ruggs is rocketing up draft boards because he has one elite skill. He’s clearly one of the fastest receivers in this class. That’s going to allow him to make big plays at the NFL level.

His ability to make those explosive plays is dependent on him getting the ball in open space. That’s why it’s so troubling that he only managed to catch 40 passes last year for the Crimson Tide so troubling.

It begs the question of whether or not Ruggs is a good enough wide receiver to justify his status as a top 20 pick. There’s a reason Jeudy caught 37 more passes than Ruggs did last year at Alabama. Any NFL team that ignores that fact is taking a massive risk.

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Ruggs will make a lot of highlight plays at the next level, but he may never develop enough consistency to really be a Pro Bowl wide receiver. He doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the same tier as Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb. There’s a strong argument to be made that Justin Jefferson also deserves to go higher. Ruggs is a late first rounder that will be drafted much higher based on his 40 yard dash.