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Bettors Strike Big as Henry Ruggs III Becomes First Wide Receiver Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Jason Schandl
Henry Ruggs III became the first wide receiver drafted in 2020, going No. 12 to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Henry Ruggs III became the first wide receiver drafted in 2020, going No. 12 to the Las Vegas Raiders. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Even with a loaded class of wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft, there was a clear top tier — Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Alabama's duo of Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III

Lamb's odds to be the first wide receiver selected started to surge shortly before the draft on FanDuel Sportsbook, but that scenario didn't come to fruition.

The Las Vegas Raiders made a somewhat surprising pick at No. 12, going with Alabama's Henry Ruggs III over the duo that had been widely considered the top two at the position.

Ruggs was ranked below both Lamb and Jeudy on most draft boards, but the Raiders franchise has never been shy about reaching on speedy players. Ruggs is as fast as they come, having torn up the combine with a 4.27-second 40-yard dash.

He was never a No. 1 threat at Alabama, not hitting even 800 receiving yards in any of his three seasons, but Ruggs adds a new dimension to a Raiders offense that was led in receiving by tight end Darren Waller in 2019.

Bettors who backed Ruggs have to be pretty happy with the move, as Ruggs was available as a +700 underdog to be the first wideout off the board right up until Round 1 began.

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