Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III Is Tearing Up The NFL Combine And Also May Be Superhuman

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It may be time to start to consider whether or not Henry Ruggs III is actually an alien who only tacked the III on the end of his name to convince us doughy mortals that he had real human ancestors.

I ain’t stupid, Henry. Athletically inferior in every way, maybe. But I’ve listened to too many Joe Rogan podcasts to be naive to the presence of our celestial neighbors.

The 21-year-old Alabama product officially ran a 4.27 40-yard dash, tying Marquise Goodwin in 2013 for the 4th fastest at the NFL Combine since 2006 and the fastest of any of the wide receivers at the combine. This is particularly impressive seeing as there were 20 wide receivers that ran under 4.5 40 times, tied with 2014 for the most in a single NFL Combine since 2006.

On Tuesday, Ruggs, who finished his junior season with 40 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns, said his goal was to beat Bengals wide receiver John Ross’ electronic timing format record of 4.22 in 2017.

“I’m trying to hit the lowest ever. So 4.22 or lower.”


Oh and the dude also posted a 42-inch vertical jump earlier in the day. Since 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Info, no player at the NFL Combine has posted both a sub-4.3 40 and a vertical jump of 40 inches, and no player since 2006 had a vertical jump of at least 40 inches and a sub-4.3 40-yard dash.

Keep in mind this dude is 5-foot-11.

Follow #11 on this play if you can.

This man burned SEC defensive backs who had a 20-yard head-start.

ESPN reports that Mel Kiper has Ruggs going 22nd to the Bills and Todd McShay has him going 21st to the Eagles.

Next Tyreek Hill? That’s Henry’s goal.

“He’s not the biggest guy,” Ruggs said. “So him being in that offense and making the plays that he’s making, doing the things that he does, it gives me more confidence to show that anybody can do anything.”

Anybody cannot do anything. I cannot windmill dunk from mid-paint or walk up a flight of stairs without getting gassed. You, on the other hand, sky’s the limit.



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