Henry Ruggs had plenty of qualities that warranted being the first wide receiver off the board in April's draft.
Top-of-the-line speed, eye-popping athleticism and solid production at one of the nation's best collegiate programs made Ruggs an easy choice for Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.
Pro Football Focus provided more evidence to support Ruggs' case, as he ended his time at Alabama with the lowest drop rate among the six wideouts taken in this year's first round.
Drop rate among 1st RD WRs:— PFF College (@PFF_College) July 10, 2020
1. Henry Ruggs III - 3.6%
2. Ceedee Lamb - 4.9%
3. Brandon Aiyuk - 5.5%
4. Jerry Jeudy - 5.6%
5. Jalen Reagor - 5.8%
6. Justin Jefferson - 5.9% pic.twitter.com/eTmm9qpUJe
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The speedster averaged 19.5 yards per touch over his junior season, making the most of every opportunity with the Crimson Tide in 2019. Although he caught just 40 passes last season, seven went for touchdowns, with Ruggs adding a 75-yard touchdown run (pass was caught behind the line of scrimmage) during a win over New Mexico State.
Henry Ruggs stretches the field for us with his 4.27 speed and only had 3 drops in his college career. “Garoppolo to Ruggs for 60 yards and a touchdown” sounds good to me. #49ers pic.twitter.com/DvEswusXCY— Coach Yac 🗣 (@YacovoneRick) March 18, 2020
Over his entire career in Tuscaloosa, 24 of his 98 receptions resulted in touchdowns.
The Raiders will need Ruggs' sure hands right away, as quarterback Derek Carr hopes to get the Raiders off to a strong start in the franchise's inaugural season in Las Vegas.