It’s finally here. Yes, the 2020 NFL Draft. Instead of being held at an amazing venue in Chicago or Nashville, COVID-19 has dampened this year’s edition of the draft. It’ll be all virtual this time around, but nobody is complaining. Sports will finally blanket us with its presence. Thank goodness. We’ve all been waiting for some action, and the NFL will provide just that. Arriving tomorrow evening (April 23rd) and concluding on Saturday (April 25th), professional football has come to our rescue. Let’s take a better look at the Denver Broncos.
What will the Broncos do with the No. 15-overall pick? According to the ageless Woody Paige of the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Broncos may very well move up to the Nos. 8-10 range via trade in order to get their man. Clearly, they could use a No. 2 wide receiver opposite the otherworldly Courtland Sutton. Not to mention another toy for Denver quarterback Drew Lock. With a stockpile of great wideouts available early in the draft, what’s not to like about Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III? Nothing. For lack of a better description, all three of these young pups can flat ball. Whether they wore the Crimson and White of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Jeudy and Ruggs III) or the Crimson and Cream of the Oklahoma Sooners (Lamb) collegiately, these stallions will more than likely make an immediate splash in the NFL. They’re franchise changers, y’all. Speaking of stallions, who are the Broncos captivated by the most? Before I answer this question, let’s take a peek at each playmaker.
Henry Ruggs III
At 5-foot-11 and 188-pounds from Montgomery, AL, Ruggs III is lightning strike fast. His speed’s second to none in this 2020 draft class. He’s what I’d like to call a speedy Lil’ jitterbug. During the NFL Combine, Mr. Ruggs III ran a ridiculous 4.27-second 40-yard dash. Seriously? Yup. To give you a better idea of how quick that is, that’s the third-fastest time ever recorded since electronic timing was utilized in the event dating back to 1999. As a junior at Bama, Ruggs III snatched 40 footballs for 746 yards and seven touchdowns. That’s a gaudy 18.6 yards per catch average. The 21-year-old would provide the Broncos with instant offense. Either lined-up in the slot, or split out wide across from Sutton, Henry is straight-up dangerous with the pigskin. His solid pass-catching ability is one thing, but Denver could also use a formidable kick returner. Ruggs III would fill those shoes immediately.
There he goes. Yet again, it’s CeeDee for a TD. At OU, the 6-foot-2 and 191-pounder from Opelousas, LA, compiled gigantic numbers during his junior season. Lamb hauled in 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 trips to the house. Wow. Even better than Ruggs III’s average per reception, Mr. Lamb looked like a ‘Lion’ snagging the laced pigskin to the tune of 21.4 yards per catch. This 21-year-old was a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2019. The award is given to the best WR in college football. CeeDee would give the Broncos a homerun hitting deep threat as well as a true possession receiver to help move the chains. Strong hands and the ability to make dudes miss in the open-field, Denver would be getting remarkable value if they decide to pick Lamb at No. 15 or higher.
The 6-foot-1 and 192-pound machine from Deerfield Beach, FL, led this trio of fabulous receivers with 77 snares for 1,163 yards and 10 trips to the heezy. In his final game for the Tide, Mr. Jeudy went berserk, bananas, bonkers. You choose the word. In the VRBO Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2020, Jerry helped Bama roll the Michigan Wolverines, 35-16. Does six catches for 204 yards and a TD do anything for you? It certainly does for me. Jeudy finished off his junior year with a cherry on top. Using his long body and effortless stride, Jeudy is the best route runner that ESPN NFL Draft Guru Todd McShay has even seen. That’s saying something. Just like Lamb, Mr. Jeudy’s strong hands allow him to easily pluck the football from the sky. Catching pigskins with his hands away from his body, or cradling the football against his frame, Jeudy simply has it all.
A nightmare scenario would arise for all NFL defenses in preparation for Sutton on one side, and Jeudy on the other. As mentioned above, Paige’s intel is telling him that the Denver Broncos will do whatever it takes to move up the draft board in order to get their man. That man is Jerry Jeudy from Alabama. For the record, Woody Paige is hardly ever wrong. Let’s hope Jeudy is sporting Broncos’ Orange and Blue tomorrow evening. If not, Henry Ruggs III or CeeDee Lamb wouldn’t disappoint Broncos Country. Stay safe and healthy, my friends.