WR Henry Ruggs (2020, Las Vegas)
Raiders decision makers Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have not had the greatest track record when it comes to drafting in the first round. Henry Ruggs is the latest example of their collective disconnect in the talent evaluation process. Ruggs was the No. 1 receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, and has been outproduced by nearly all of his classmates. In Year 1 with the team, Ruggs was used sparingly. The No. 12 overall pick saw just over three targets per game, collecting 26 receptions for 452 yards in 13 contests.
Advanced numbers point to the Raiders offense performing considerably better whenever Ruggs was on the field. The speedster opened up passing lanes for underneath throws to Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Still, using a first-round pick for a glorified decoy is a steep price to pay. Especially when you consider the talented WR’s Vegas passed up on – Ceedee Lamb, Justin Jefferson, Jerry Jeudy, Chase Claypool, etc.
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