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Henry Ruggs III boasts highest overall and speed ratings among rookie WR’s for Madden 21

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More ratings have leaked out on rookie players for Madden 21. 

After the quarterbacks saw their ratings, Electronic Arts provided a preview of the draft class at wide receiver on Friday.

Of the 37 players drafted at the position, six were taken in the first-round – including Henry Ruggs III (No. 12) and Jerry Jeudy (No. 15) of Alabama football. 

Ruggs, who was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders, was awarded the highest overall rating (76) and speed rating (96) among receivers.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., he was an exceptional track athlete and his brand of speed led to him becoming a five-star recruit in the 2017 cycle. 

During his three years with the Crimson Tide, he caught 98 passes with 24 resulting in touchdowns. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Ruggs turned in a performance for the ages – running the fastest 40-time among receivers (4.27 seconds) and tied for the fourth-fastest time since 1999, the first year the event introduced electronic timing. 

He also showed a tremendous 42” vertical and a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches. 

Jon Gruden, head coach of the Raiders, believes the team has a superstar in Ruggs. 

As for his former Tide teammate, Jeudy tied with Ceedee Lamb for the second-highest overall rating of 75. Jeudy, who will be a great asset to Drew Lock with the Denver Broncos, was clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and displayed a 35” vertical at the Combine. 

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The product from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School ended his tenure at Alabama ranking fifth all-time for receptions (159), fourth for receiving yards (2,742) and second in touchdowns (26). 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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