The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future and The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects. Here is the Tee Higgins 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-foot-3, 216 pounds
2019 stats: 59 receptions, 1,167 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns, 19.8 yards per catch
Higgins was one of the best recruits in the country in 2017 and was able to prove it on the field early and often at Clemson. Now, he is one of the many talented receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft.
As a freshman in 2017, Higgins had 17 receptions for 345 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Clemson finished 12-2 that season and lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff. In 2018, Higgins emerged as a star with 59 receptions for 936 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. His play helped Clemson go 15-0 and win the National Championship. He was even more productive as a junior with 59 receptions for 1,167 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Clemson lost in the National Championship Game to LSU.
After the loss to LSU, Higgins decided to leave college and declare for the draft. Higgins will likely not be the first receiver selected, but could be drafted late in the first round if things go his way.
The biggest strength for Higgins is his size. At 6-foot-3 he poses a matchup problem for most corners. He is three to four inches taller than most corners and also has a large catch radius. Higgins has the ability to make catches over defenders on a consistent basis because of his size.
He also has great body control, which makes him a truly unique player. Higgins is athletic for his size and uses it to go up and get balls that most players can’t get. His combination of size and athleticism is something that isn’t seen very often.
Higgins is a big-play threat as he averaged 19.8 yards per catch. He can beat corners down the field for big plays, and with his ability to win jump balls, he made frequent trips to the end zone. Clemson also had a reliable target to go to when they were in the red zone. He scored 27 touchdowns in three seasons with the vast majority coming in the last two seasons he was on campus.
While he has a knack for big plays, Higgins doesn’t do well at running after the catch. Most of his big plays are a result of deep catches. He shouldn’t be used on a lot of screens or short routes if the team will be relying on him to pick up extra yards after the catch.
Part of the reason that he doesn’t do well after the catch is that he doesn’t have great quickness or agility. Because he is so big, it takes a while to get up to top speed and when he changes directions there is a transition period.
Higgins is not the greatest route runner. He had a limited route-tree at Clemson and will have to run more routes than he is used to in the NFL. His releases off the line of scrimmage could use some work to help give him some space to operate. It takes a while to get in and out of breaks as well. This leads to the question of whether he can separate consistently at the pro level.
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