Clemson football WR Tee Higgins has made the decision to move on to the next level and enter the 2020 NFL Draft, according to his Twitter.
Clemson football WR Tee Higgins announced that he would be foregoing his final year of eligibility and entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
Higgins made the announcement on Twitter with a heartfelt message to Clemson football fans, as well as his coaches and teammates.
Higgins finished his Clemson football career with 135 receptions for 2,448 yards (18.1 YPC) and 27 touchdowns. His senior season was the best of his career, catching 59 balls for a career-high 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He is considered a consensus first-rounder and is expected to be taken late on the first night of the draft. In CBS Sports’ latest Mock Draft, the organization projected Higgins being taken by the Philadelphia Eagles with No. 21 overall pick.
USA Today’s Draft Wire has Higgins going No. 19 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders (in a trade from the Chicago Bears), which would put him as the fourth wide receiver taken.
In terms of the wide receiver class, Higgins is considered to be one of the top-five. Most franchises and scouts have him listed by CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) and Henry Ruggs III (Alabama). Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. and LSU’s Justin Jefferson are with Higgins in the next group of wide receivers.
As far as Clemson football is concerned, the Tigers will rely on Justyn Ross and Amari Rodgers to step up in a big way next season. At this point, we’d expect Rodgers to move to that ‘Field’ role and for Ross to play the ‘Boundary.’ Sophomore WRs Joseph Ngata and Frank Ladson Jr. will compete for playing time with veteran WR Cornell Powell likely getting the nod as the starter at slot, at least for the time being.
We could also see Rodgers stay in the slot, Ross move to the boundary and Ladson Jr. step in as the starter at the ‘field’ spot. This will all likely be decided during spring practice.