The debate was all the rage heading into the NFL draft. Who was the better Alabama wide receiver: Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs?
While the Raiders ended up making Ruggs the No. 1 receiver off the board with the No. 12 overall pick, Jeudy seemed to be the crown jewel from this year’s crop of receivers going into the event.
Nick Saban, who coached both down in Tuscaloosa, says the choice between them simply comes down to a matter of preference.
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"So, if your personal preference was to have a speed receiver then Henry Ruggs is probably as good as it gets,” Saban said on NFL Network (h/t NFL.com). “If you wanted somebody who’s a little more of a finesse type player, great slot receiver, good option route runner than you probably would favor Jerry Jeudy."
Speed always has been the Raiders’ calling card, and Ruggs brings that in droves.
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Jeudy ended up being selected at No. 15 to the Denver Broncos, so the two still will see each other twice a season in the AFC West.
On both sides, however, the defensive backs are going to have their hands full between these two former Crimson Tide standouts.
Jerry Jeudy is considered the most polished receiver in a star-studded 2020 NFL Draft. He's the best route-runner and should make an impact from Day 1.
That is, if he stays healthy.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that two unnamed teams expressed concern over Jeudy's knee at the NFL Scouting Combine. Dr. Lyle Cain then wrote a letter to all 32 NFL teams, noting the former Alabama receiver shouldn't have any limitations.
Rapoport also reported he has not spoken to a single team that believes Jeudy's knee will hinder his career. Jeudy underwent surgery on his knee in April 2018. He didn't miss any games the last two years to injury.
There certainly is a chance that the 49ers and Raiders could be at least one of the two unnamed teams who expressed concern. If they're not, and they happen to be one of the teams that told Rapoport they don't have any qualms, all should be fine.
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Jeudy is a target for both Las Vegas and San Francisco, who select one pick apart from each other at Nos. 12 and 13 respectively. The Denver Broncos traded up to No. 10 in our final mock draft to grab the former Crimson Tide star.
Over the last two seasons, Jeudy combined to record 145 receptions, 2,478 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns after surgery. That doesn't seem too concerning.
The 2020 NFL Draft finally is here.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Dalton Johnson and Josh Schrock have been ping-ponging through different draft scenarios for three months, and their final iteration is full of surprises.
The 49ers get won over by a prospect's sky-high ceiling, the Raiders add two top prospects without making a trade and the Miami Dolphins go running up the draft board to select their next franchise quarterback.
But that's just the beginning.
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