Clemson football: Tee Higgins will be the steal of the 2020 NFL draft


Clemson football is no stranger to receivers leaving early and becoming first-round draft picks. Unlike in previous years, there is little hype about the next one.

Tee Higgins is not a name anyone is hearing much about as we inch closer to next week’s NFL draft. Yes, he will be taken in the first round, but it will more than likely be at the back end of the first round and not in the Top 10 where he should be going.

Instead, we repeatedly see names like Cee Dee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, and Justin Jefferson. All great wide receivers but none of them are Tee Higgins.

Higgins ended his time with Clemson football eighth in all-time receiving yards and tied for first all-time with 27 touchdowns. The two other players he shares that title with – Sammy Watkins and Deandre Hopkins.

The Hopkins connection is one to watch as Higgins’s career has followed much of the same path already and will in the NFL.

By that I mean this, at Clemson, Higgins was overshadowed by Hunter Renfrow and Justyn Ross despite being the best of the three and will be a late first-round pick like Hopkins. In several years, unlike other Clemson receivers of the past such as Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams, Higgins will be considered among the greats in the game.

The same path that Nuk himself has taken. He used all the draft day slight to fuel his success, has stayed healthy and is considered to be among the top three receivers in the draft. It’s crazy that a player of Higgins’s size, speed, and ability is seemingly going un-talked about leading up to the draft, but something tells me he would not want it any other way.

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The best part of slipping in the draft is the ability to go to a better organization, with more stability and a better roster as playoff teams are in the 20-30 range, which is where Higgins is expected to drop to. Ending up in a place like New Orleans, Green Bay or Seattle would be a great thing to happen for Higgins and provide him a better start to his career than any of the franchises in the Top 10.