Mock draft season is in full gear for fans of all 32 NFL teams now that the Super Bowl is over. Here’s who ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Philadelphia Eagles taking at No. 21 in Version 2.0 of his 2020 mock draft (via In$ider):
21. Philadelphia Eagles — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Zero Eagles receivers found their way to 500 yards in 2019, Nelson Agholor is a free agent, Alshon Jeffery will be 30 in two weeks and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a limited 10-catch impact in his rookie campaign. Carson Wentz likes to air it out, but he didn’t have the right personnel to do so. Coach Doug Pederson thought he had an answer in the vertical game with DeSean Jackson, but an abdominal injury limited the veteran speedster to 62 snaps. Ruggs, though, is a human torch — he could run in the 4.2s at the combine — and immediately gives Wentz a weapon in the pass game outside of Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders.
McShay previously had the Eagles taking Ruggs at No. 18 in Version 1.0 of his mock, which was published in mid-December.
Ruggs profiles as the perfect fit for what the Eagles need to add to their offense: SPEED. The question is: will he really be there at No. 21?
It’s hard to count on a player with Ruggs’ explosive ability to not go off the board in the top 20. But, hey, there are always players who fall further than expected during the draft. It’s not a perfect comparison but speed demon Marquise Brown lasted to No. 25 last year.
Perhaps Ruggs will fall to a point to where the Eagles can trade up a few spots to get him, not unlike how the team move up three picks to get Andre Dillard last year. For reference, jumping up from No. 25 to No. 22 cost the Eagles two Day 3 selections: a 2019 fourth-round pick (No. 127) and a 2019 sixth-round pick (No. 197). The Eagles are projected to have 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft so they have the ammo to make a move.
Pairing Ruggs, who only turned 21 years old 11 days ago, with Wentz would be fantastic. It’d be great to see the Eagles give Wentz a weapon that he can potentially count on having for his entire career. We saw how dangerous the Eagles’ offense looked like with a healthy DeSean Jackson. Now imagine what it could be like with Jackson and a player in Ruggs who compares to the Eagles’ veteran speedster. From BGN’s and The Draft Network’s Benjamin Solak:
Pro Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Summary: Henry Ruggs III is a Day 1 candidate for every NFL team. His skillset — electric speed, ball-tracking, and strong hands — are a fit for any system and valuable beyond the measurement of his statistical output. Ruggs will dictate safety rotation at the NFL level given his ability release against press coverage and challenge even the top NFL corners with his success working the nine ball/back-shoulder fade combination. Ruggs is also a winner in short areas with efficient routes and angle-breaking acceleration, with better toughness and tackle breaking ability than he’s given credit for. Ruggs has the potential to house every ball and is the highest floor of all the rookie receivers given his physical toolset.
Find a way to make the dream come true, Eagles.