Raiders Select Ruggs III, Arnette in the First Round of the 2020 NFL Draft

The Las Vegas Raiders in the first round 2020 NFL Draft were looking to fill some important positions, mainly the wide receiver and cornerback position.

With the 12th overall pick, the Las Vegas Raiders have selected Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama.  Ruggs brings speed and efficiency to the Raiders’ wide receiver corps.  At the NFL Combine Ruggs put a 4.27 on his 40 yard dash.  He brings track like speed which is extremely helpful when it comes to one on one matchups.

In the 2019 season, he put up 748 yards on 40 receptions resulting in 7 touchdowns.  Although Jerry Jeudy saw more passes it was Ruggs who saw the big plays that shined through in his final year at Alabama.

Ruggs is not only a speedster he has great ball and body control, as well as the ability to run his routes almost perfectly. His route running will be even better in the NFL since he has been training with Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. Another great aspect that Ruggs brings to the Silver and Black is his ability to create space and pick up yardage after the catch.

The Raiders selected Damon Arnette with the 19th pick in the first round of the draft. At the combine, Arnette ran a 4.56 40-yard dash. He brings speed as well as great flexibility to change directions with the receivers.

Arnette is a very aggressive corner that keeps physical pressure on his man and excels on man coverage. He will definitely bring a strong presence in the corner position as he plays tight and has the speed to keep up with some of the quicker wideouts in the league.

Arnette is one of the more flexible players in his position and is an amazingly instinctual player that can get it done with the best of them. He is a highly physical player and has no problem stopping a receiver dead in his tracks. He might have to work on his tackling a bit due to the size and speed of the NFL receivers but his abilities will adapt very quickly

These two amazing athletes might just be the missing pieces that the Raiders need to push them into the playoffs.

With the conclusion of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Raiders were able to fill some holes they had on their team. Ruggs was not something initially I thought you would see but after reflecting on it a bit Ruggs does seem to be the right pick for the Raiders. He brings the speed and ability to create more yardage after the catch, something that the Davis family loves in receivers.

Arnette is another one that initially you may look over considering his teammate at Ohio State, Jeff Okudah got a lot of attention. Arnette may not seem as complete as Okudah but he is not that far off from being just as good as Okudah. Arnette brings speed and coverage in the secondary that the Raiders have been lacking in past years.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the draft goes as well as how these rookies will help elevate the Raiders into a playoff-contending team.

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