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Henry Ruggs raced Mecole Hardman, Devin White and Justin Jefferson in a 40-yard dash and it was compelling

Former Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs catches pass for Oakland Raiders
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Henry Ruggs is one of the fastest players in the National Football League, and he’s proven it.

The former Alabama wide receiver raced Mecole Hardman, Devin White, and Justin Jefferson in a 40-yard dash. In a compelling challenge, Ruggs finished four-hundredths of a second behind Hardman for second place. He clocked a time of 4.26 seconds, while Hardman was the winner at 4.22 seconds. White ran a time of 4.37 seconds, and Jefferson was last at 4.5 seconds.

Ruggs, who stands at 5’11” and weighs 188 pounds, was timed at 4.27 seconds at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

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He had the fastest 40-time of the receivers in his draft class. Ruggs’ time was also tied for fourth-fastest in the history of the Combine since electronic timing started in 1999.

According to a video from Dov Kleiman, an independent reporter, the participants did not exactly call it a ‘race.’ However, Ruggs was up for the challenge and he almost took down Hardman.

Ruggs has been working hard this offseason, and it should set him up for a successful year two with the Raiders.

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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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