Chiefs Rumors: KC Wants to Trade Up for Henry Ruggs III If WR Falls in NFL Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2020

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
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The Kansas City Chiefs already have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, but it could get even scarier if the 2020 NFL draft breaks right.

According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the Chiefs want to trade up for Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III if he falls to the 20s.

Kansas City currently has the No. 32 pick in the first round, but King noted head coach Andy Reid is one of the smart offensive minds who "love Ruggs." The Philadelphia Eagles selected Ruggs at No. 21 overall in King's mock draft.

Ruggs is one of the most exciting prospects in the class thanks to his pure speed. He led all players at the NFL combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.27 seconds and had a knack for big plays during his college career.

Of the receiver's eight touchdowns last season, three were from at least 70 yards away while five were 30-yard scores or longer.

This fits in perfectly with the Chiefs attack under Patrick Mahomes, which is always a threat to score from anywhere on the field. The team had 13 offensive touchdowns of more than 40 yards last season, per Pro Football Reference.

Tyreek Hill is already one of the fastest players in the NFL, while Mecole Hardman posted a 4.33 second 40-yard dash at the combine last year before averaging 20.7 yards per reception as a rookie. Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson also bring impressive speed to the offense.

Adding Ruggs would make the defending Super Bowl champions even tougher to defend through the air.

Meanwhile, drafting any receiver would provide some security beyond this season as Watkins and Robinson both hit free agency in 2021.


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