Scouting Report: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Tigers

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Coming out of Clemson University is one of the more explosive Wide Receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tee Higgins has been a critical part of Clemson’s offense for the past two years. In both 2018 and 2019, he had ten plus receiving touchdowns. In 2018 he came up just shy of 1,000 yards, and in 2019 he hit the 1,000-yard mark. Lastly, in 2019 his stat line was 13 receiving touchdowns, 1,167 yards receiving, and a catch average of 19.8 yards. Let’s get a closer look at this top receiver prospect.

Film to Watch

Best game: South Carolina

Worst game: Ohio State

The Good About Higgins

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Courtesy: CBS Sports

One of the things that stands out about Higgins is his hands. He catches everything and anything that comes his way. Along those same lines, he has a ridiculous catch radius and can come down with the ball. Due to his length and deceptive speed, he is a sneaky deep threat. He is 6’4,” but he does not act like it. Higgins does a phenomenal job of tracking the ball while it is in the air. He always seems to figure out ways to create a window for his quarterback to throw through. Higgins does a phenomenal job of boxing receivers out and even creating a half step to gain an advantage. He does a great job of hand checking and using his hands to get in a position to catch the ball. In the vertical game, Higgins is lethal. He is able to beat defenders with long strides to get down the field. Higgins does much better with long speed than short bursts.

The Bad About Higgins

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Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) gets past Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah (1) during the first quarter in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Higgins is not the best at route running. Not sure if it is due to his length or just something he has yet to be taught. He is not going to be able to make sharp cuts in his routes. Higgins is a guy who will have to have soft angles when he runs his routes. It seems like it is hard for him to slow down and get his hips in a place where he can make the sharper turns on his routes. For being such a big receiver, he does not use his size to his advantage. There are moments when he dominates because of his size, but there are times when he gets bullied and shrinks.

Pro Comparison

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For a pro comparison, Devante Parker. Parker, out of college, looked just like Higgins. An extreme deep threat, crazy catch radius, and route running help. Parker did develop a great deal and has turned into a really good receiver in the NFL. Higgins has the same potential, as long as he devotes himself to working on his flaws.

Final Thoughts

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I have Higgins as a late first-round to second-round pick. Overall I like Higgins, and he has a chance to be a phenomenal receiver at the pro level. His hands, size, and ability to grab the 50/50 ball makes him a valuable asset. However, his lack of ability to get physical at the line of scrimmage raises some concerns. Not to mention the lack of route running ability. Higgins is a boom or bust. If he works on his route running and learns how to be physical with defenders, then the sky’s the limit. But, if he fails to do this, it is doubtful he will be a true number one receiver.


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