The Duel

The Broncos Need to Draft Henry Ruggs

Zach Brunner
Henry Ruggs III ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.
Henry Ruggs III ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos are heading into their second year under head coach Vic Fangio. Through free agency moves, it seem pretty clear they are going to be a run-first team, hoping to grind out games. However, the running game works much better when there are receiving threats the defense must respect, and that's why Denver needs to draft Henry Ruggs III.

The Broncos do not have much in the receiving corps outside of Courtland Sutton, who made leaps in his second NFL season. They have not brought in any receiving weapons via free agency either, with the only receiving acquisition being blocking tight end Nick Vannett.

Drafting Ruggs would give second-year quarterback Drew Lock a solid number two receiver that has elite upside in the future. Like previously stated, the Broncos want to run the ball early and often. If they have the Alabama product lined up on the outside, Ruggs' game-breaking speed (4.27 40-yard dash) could prevent defenses from stacking the box.

To put Ruggs' speed into perspective, he ran the fastest time across all positions at the 2020 NFL Combine.

Ruggs finished his junior season with 40 receptions for 746 yards and 7 touchdowns. He's got a tantalizing skill set, and he'd be a much-needed addition to the Broncos' receiving corps.


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