By: Steve Johnson
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
6’3 5/8″ 216
9 2/8″ hands. 34 1/8″ arms
DNP 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 7 games. 17 rec, 345 yards, 2 TDs
2018: 15 games, 59 rec, 936 yards, 12 TDs
2019: 15 games, 59 rec, 1167 yards, 13 TDs; 1 att, 36 yards, 1 TD
Misc. Stats: 1 KR for 3 yards in 2017
Accolades: 2015 and 2016 Mr. Football Tennessee, Played in the Under Armour All-American game, 2016 USA Today High School All-American, 2018 Second-team All-ACC, 2018 CFP National Champion, 2019 First-team All-ACC
Injuries: Suffered a head injury in December’s Fiesta Bowl.
History: Five-star recruit from Oak Ridge, TN. Also played basketball, and received multiple scholarship offers.
Strengths: Excellent size. Has a huge catch radius, natural hands catcher that can snag the ball outside his frame. Uses his body well, does a great job separating in contested catch situations. Long speed to stretch vertically, eats up yards with his long strides. Pretty physical with the ball in his hands, he’ll lower his shoulder and fight for extra yards. Good vision with the rock. Really good run blocker who isn’t afraid to mix it up, using his big body as an advantage. Highly decorated, from five-star to national champion. Can’t argue the production, 28 TDs in 37 college games.
Weaknesses: Thin framed, who will need to fill it out a little more. Limited and not a great route runner, lacks quick twitch (which you’d expect from a WR his size). Is going to have issues separating. Needs to work on selling his routes with head fakes, as well as digging in on his breaks. Limited route-tree at Clemson.
Overview: Higgins is tall and has the strides to stretch the field vertically, as well as provide immediate red zone help. Although not a complete product, he should contribute right away as a X receiver. He should go in the 2nd round, barring any medical red flags. I’m a little higher on Higgins than most. I understand his weaknesses, but he has some natural gifts you can’t teach, and think he may have higher upside.
Evaluation based on games. Georgia Tech 19′, Virginia 19′, LSU 19′
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.85
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