Kyle’s update 8:10 a.m. PT: Alabama’s Henry Ruggs rran a 4.28 40-yard dash and was disappointed. That tells you all you need to know about how fast he was. If you watched his start, it looked like he had a bad “first phase,” or first few steps. That’s a testament to his world class speed. Ruggs also had a 10’9” broad jump and a 42” vertical jump, which is unreal to even type. Here is Cam Inman’s video on Ruggs:
Alabama WR Henry @__RUGGS indeed can run fast (4.28 in his first #NFLCombine 40).— Cam Inman (@CamInman) February 28, 2020
He told me this week he can do so from any position, and that the #49ers are among those who’ve talked to him pic.twitter.com/XCkbg2xtlJ
Henry Ruggs III is a WR prospect in the 2020 draft class out of Alabama.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) February 28, 2020
He posted an elite #RAS with poor size, elite speed, elite explosiveness, at the WR position.https://t.co/v4nVUvFWad pic.twitter.com/gxWP2KMgkn
I have zero doubts Shanahan would have issues with finding ways to get Ruggs involved The problem is, you may have to trade up to get Ruggs. With that in mind, it’s not happening.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the team interviewed a number of wide receivers on Monday night. It’s going to be a busy week for him and John Lynch. On Wednesday night, the team was presented “the best draft” award LSU’s Justin Jefferson and TCU’s Jalen Reagor were two players that confirmed both meetings. As the week has gone along, we’ll likely see more and more names connected to the Niners. As of now, these are the confirmed names the 49ers have met with since the All-Star circuit started in January:
- Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State (EW)
- Rodney Clemons, S, SMU (EW)
- Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU (COM)
- Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State (EW)
- Mason Fine, QB, North Texas (EW)
- Jared Hilbers, OT, Washington (EW)
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (COM)
- Tony Jones, RB, Notre Dame (EW)
- Mason Kinsey, WR, Berry (EW)
- Michael Pinckney, OLB, Miami (EW)
- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (COM)
- Elijah Riley, CB, Army (EW)
- Casey Toohill, OLB, Stanford (EW)
- Tommy Townsend, P, Florida (EW)
EW stands for the East/West Shrine Game. Cushenberry is a new name from the combine. It’s also a great name. Cushenbrry actually dropped on PFF’s big board from its initial release. He graded as a 61.0, which was No. 114 among college centers in 2019. Kansas OL Kaheem Adeniji said that he has a formal interview set up with the 49ers. St. Johns OL Ben Bartch also confirmed he would have a formal interview with the 49ers on Thursday.
Each team in the NFL is awarded 45 sit-down meetings with any prospect they choose at the combine. There is also the opportunity for an informal meeting, which is typically a position coach, untimed, and doesn’t count toward each teams 45 meetings limit. If you’re familiar with any of these players, let us know in the comments. If I’m missing someone, let me know, and I’ll be happy to update.