Teams looking for a deep threat in the 2020 NFL Draft will no doubt give Tee Higgins a long look. The former Clemson Tiger is the complete package of physical traits and production (25 TD catches in the last two seasons) and could carve out a nice career in the pros as a downfield target. But the talent is there for Higgins to become more than just a one-trick pony.
Tee Higgins Draft Profile
He has the size, long speed and ball-tracking ability every team looks for in a deep threat. Higgins is excellent tracking the ball down the boundary, and his size, competitiveness, body control and strong hands allow him to win at the catch point in contested-catch situations. His build-up speed is enough to take the top off a defense. His catch radius is enormous, and his hands are excellent, both downfield and plucking the ball away from his frame at the intermediate and shorter levels. He’s a physical runner and one of the better perimeter blockers in this class, a plus in the run game.
Higgins seems to lack suddenness off the line of scrimmage and often looks sluggish when working against physical corners in press coverage. His speed is of the build-up variety. He ran a limited route tree at Clemson — does he have the ability to separate at the intermediate levels?
Higgins’ big-play ability will earn him a significant role in the NFL; the question is whether he can become more than a one-dimensional deep threat at the next level.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round