NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Check out the list at WalterFootball.com.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and Combine. With in-person meetings and pro days being canceled, finding out who the Ravens met with has become a tad harder. Therefore, I asked the Twitterverse who they want me to profile. First up is Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 188 pounds
Strengths: Speed, obviously; great release against non-press coverage; soft and reliable hands; great in space; willing blocker.
Areas for Improvement: Physicality; success on contested catches; struggled against physical press corners (see the LSU and Duke film).
Other Notes: Ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the Combine; averaged 18.7 yards per catch.
Draft Projection: Top-15 pick; could be the first receiver taken in the draft. Ruggs will be best in a system that gets him open quickly and feeds him the ball on the run; his NFL comparison is Tyreek Hill; fits the Ravens’ system like a glove.
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