The 49ers saw firsthand how a blasting quick receiver like Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs can change a game when Hill’s deep catch on third-and-15 swung the momentum in Super Bowl LIV. Henry Ruggs, in all honesty, maybe considerably quicker.
As San Francisco hopes to upgrade its receivers for mentor Kyle Shanahan’s motion-heavy offense, a speedster like Ruggs could be a game-changer. The Alabama receiver said Thursday that he has met with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Ruggs put on an absolute show Thursday at the consolidated. After measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Ruggs ran a ludicrous 4.27 40-yard dash. That is the quickest among receivers this year, and the best time up to this point at the join. His time likewise is tied with current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin, who could be on out of San Francisco, as the fourth-quickest at the join since 2006.
That was only the beginning of Ruggs’ huge day, as well. He additionally recorded a 42-inch vertical leap and had a 10’11” broad jump. His physicality essentially is off the charts.
Ruggs joins a developing list of receivers the 49ers have met with at the consolidated. However, it appears to be exceptionally impossible he will be accessible for the NFC champions. The 49ers own the No. 31 pick in the draft this year and a handful of teams in front of make sense as a landing spot for Ruggs.
Before they join, Ruggs was selected No. 18 overall by the Miami Dolphins in a most recent mock draft. It would be major amazement to see him fall past the New Orleans Saints at No. 24 overall.
It’s clear the 49ers are doing their due diligence on a stacked receiver class and could be peering toward a future star toward the finish of the first round. Adding Ruggs would be gold to Shanahan’s offense.
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