Raiders, 49ers, Broncos, Eagles eyeing Henry Ruggs


Alabama will likely have two top 20 receivers on Thursday evening. The quicker of these two talents aroused the interest of several teams with selections in the middle of the first round and obvious expansion needs.

The 49ers, Broncos, Raiders and Eagles contacted Henry Ruggs most, ex-speedster Crimson Tide told Ian Rapoport on RapSheet podcast and friends ((Twitter link via John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia). The Raiders, 49ers and Broncos are ranked 12th, 13th and 15th respectively, while the Eagles have the No. 21 selection.

Ruggs has a dash speed of less than 4.3 seconds from 40 yards. When he was not as productive as Jerry Jeudy, there could be a real chance that he will leave the table before his former teammate. The Jets, 11th, also expressed interest in Ruggs. But they are supposed to focus on tackles on the wide. However, if the Dolphins are in the game for a tackle, teams with mid-round choices hoping to land one of the top four coveted at the position could be in trouble.

Raiders and 49ers have first two rounds and have clear receiver needs opposite Tyrell Williams and Deebo Samuel, respectively. A player like Ruggs would make sense for a Broncos team that would line up the 6 foot 4 inch Courtland sutton. The Broncos were linked to an exchange, but for Jeudy and not Ruggs. As for the Eagles, they were connected to the receivers throughout the design process. But at this point, it looks like Philly will have to jump from # 21 to land Ruggs.

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