He went a net of 80 yards in 9 seconds…and slowed down at the end pic.twitter.com/5dSA4CMJHX— William Galloway (@Wm_Galloway) September 8, 2019Henry Ruggs NFL Draft projectionIn his latest seven-round NFL mock draft, Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ruggs heading to the Broncos at No. 15. Here’s why he’s a good fit for Denver, according to Iyer:The Broncos could use a versatile, big-play speedster to complement Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Noah Fant to take better advantage of Drew Lock’s big arm. Ruggs (5-11, 188 pounds) fits the bill as a field-stretcher who also can use his route-running skills to win on shorter routes.Like any rookie, Ruggs needs to improve in a few areas. His speed could be neutralized by physical cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. Creating separation and bringing in contested catches could also be an issue at his size.Those concerns don’t outweigh his potential to be a game-changer at the next level, though, so he should hear his name called Thursday night. Alabama star Jerry Jeudy could be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a Crimson Tide teammate shouldn’t be that far behind him.Henry Ruggs III will likely be selected in the middle of the first round after an impressive junior season under Nick Saban. While Ruggs didn’t match the numbers of Jeudy or Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb in terms of pure volume, anyone who watched Alabama witnessed how Ruggs’ mere presence impacted opposing defenses. Much like Ricky Bobby, the 21-year-old wideout wants to go fast. He justified the hype about his athletic ability with an impressive showing at the NFL Combine.Just how fast is Ruggs at a full sprint? Well, defensive backs standing across from him should make sure they have safety help available.NFL MOCK DRAFT: Projections for all seven roundsHenry Ruggs 40-yard dash time4.27 seconds (NFL Combine, 2020)Heading into the NFL Combine, Ruggs said his goal was “to be the fastest ever” in the 40-yard dash. Unfortunately for Ruggs, he came up just short of John Ross’ record of 4.22 seconds, finishing with an official time of 4.27.Simulcam footage of Ruggs running with Ross shows the former Washington receiver with a slight advantage as the players hit the 40-yard marker.Despite posting the top 40-yard dash time at the combine, Ruggs later told Reggie Bush that he could have finished better than 4.27.”It felt good just to be in the [4.2 range], but I still feel like — you always feel like [there are] things you can work on,” Ruggs said. “I just feel like I still could’ve had a better time. … I did a lot of training on it, a lot of training. That was something I emphasized every day, no matter what we were doing.”On top of his speed, Ruggs is also an excellent leaper. He tied for second among all players at the combine with a 42-inch vertical jump.MORE: Who had the fastest 40 time at the 2020 NFL Combine?Henry Ruggs highlightsIf NFL general managers are wondering if Ruggs’ athleticism translates to on-field production, they can just take a look at the tape.Ruggs had 40 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019, giving him a ridiculous average of 18.7 yards per catch. He likely would have exceeded 1,000 yards and hit double-digit touchdowns if Alabama didn’t possess such a talented receiving corps.One of the most impressive highlights of Ruggs’ junior campaign came on what turned out to be a running play against New Mexico State. Ruggs caught a backward pass from Tua Tagovailoa and shot out of a cannon, exploding past multiple defenders on his way to the end zone.Alabama director of sports medicine Jeff Allen said Ruggs reached a top speed of 23 miles per hour on his 75-yard run. So yes, the athleticism translates to the field.