ESPN analyst Todd McShay believes Alabama receivers could set new NFL Draft record
While the loss of junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been understandably dominating the headlines, the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide won the game over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville handily, 38-7.
Forced to step into the starting role moving forward, redshirt sophomore Mac Jones has no shortage of weapons at his disposal.
In fact, Todd McShay – an ESPN college football analyst and one of the network’s top draft experts – believes a trio of Alabama pass catchers have a chance to accomplish something never done before.
The SEC Network’s Brandon Zimmerman shared what that is on Twitter:
On the Alabama-Miss St broadcast, @McShay13 said there has never been three receivers from the same team taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. McShay gives Jeudy, Ruggs and Smith all first round grades.
— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) November 17, 2019
A junior out of Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, Jerry Jeudy reached the 60-reception mark for the second straight season in Saturday’s victory. Leading the team with 64 grabs, he is tied with Liberty Flames senior Antonio Gandy-Golden for 21st nationally.
Trailing Jeudy by eight catches, classmate DeVonta Smith has tallied a team-high 1,026 yards and 11 touchdown receptions. Crossing the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in the win over the Bulldogs, Smith joined Jeudy and Henry Ruggs as one of just four players to catch 20 touchdowns during their time in Tuscaloosa.
Speaking of Ruggs, what he lacks in volume, he makes up for with explosiveness. Totaling 620 yards on just 32 receptions, Ruggs is 24th among FBS players at 19.38 yards per catch.
Looking to reach the double-digit win mark for the 12th consecutive year, Alabama hosts FCS Western Carolina on Saturday at 12:00PM ET on ESPN.