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Mel Kiper Projects the Broncos Get a Steal at No. 15

Max Staley
Henry Ruggs III would be a fantastic addition to the Denver Broncos receiving corps.
Henry Ruggs III would be a fantastic addition to the Denver Broncos receiving corps. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos turned it around over the second half of last season. Once Drew Lock became the starter, he led the team to a 4-1 finish. If Denver wants to put Lock in the best position to succeed, though, the Broncos could stand to add another wide receiver. Other than Courtland Sutton, no Broncos' wideout that's still with the team reached even 300 receiving yards last season.

But if the projections in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft come to fruition, the franchise could be getting an absolute steal at No. 15.

Kiper has the team picking Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III at No. 15, and he'd be a perfect fit for the offense. With Sutton shining on intermediate routes, Ruggs could be free to dominate on deep routes, as he's an excellent big-play threat.

Ruggs was the fastest overall player at the 2020 NFL Combine, posting a 4.27 40-yard dash. For reference, the next-closest receiver was Quez Watkins, who ran a 4.35.

Not only is Ruggs a nice complement to Sutton, he'd be an excellent fit with Lock, who has a rocket for an arm but only had an average depth of target (aDOT) of 6.8 last season, which suggests he wasn't going deep too often. With Ruggs in the fold, Lock could finally start taking advantage of that rare arm talent.

If Ruggs is available at No. 15, the Broncos would be getting an excellent receiver.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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