2020 Packers Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Tee Higgins
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Clemson University
Weight: 215 pounds
Tee Higgins is an OK athlete. He has the requisite leaping ability for his size, making him a good jump ball receiver. However, he lacks straight-line speed and acceleration, which means he struggles to separate from coverage. Surprisingly, he doesn’t use his large frame to create space either, as press coverage stymies his timing and route consistently. Higgins is not going to win in the NFL with his athleticism. He is also not a run-after-catch threat unless he already has a couple steps of separation against the DB. That in itself is rare because he struggles to create separation.
Higgins’ hands are definitely his best trait. He has vacuum cleaners for mits and an absurd catch radius, which is why he was able to win so often downfield at Clemson. Higgins is extremely impressive with catching the ball away from his body and using his hands to secure catches near his body rather than trapping the ball against his chest. Drops were a rarity and will likely continue to be so in the NFL.
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Higgins ran an extremely limited route tree at Clemson, working almost exclusively along the sideline and in the deep third of the field. He gets stunted by press coverage despite his large frame. False steps with his lead foot hurt his timing and limit the space he can create. His release from the line of scrimmage is nothing to write home about because of his limited athleticism. Won’t be leaving press coverage in the dust with a deceptive release. Doesn’t make use of his frame when blocking either.
Why Higgins for the Packers?
Higgins is difficult to project to the NFL because of the limited role he played in Clemson’s offense. Not that he failed to produce, but that he operated only on deep routes down the sideline. He lacks elite athleticism and failed to create much separation from defensive backs at the collegiate level, and it doesn’t get easier in the NFL. He’s a wizard at coming down with a contested-catch, but he’s limited in so many other facets that it’s difficult to see him becoming a consistent producer at the next level.
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