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With the 33rd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins.
A national champion in 2018, Higgins finished his Clemson career with 2,448 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns. A First-Team All-ACC selection, Higgins recorded a team-high 1,167 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 66 receptions.
At 6-foot-4, Higgins is a wide receiver capable of winning contested catch situations. Though Higgins can get beat by physical cornerbacks, his strong hands and ability to high point passes make him a strong candidate as a secondary receiver on the boundary.
Although Higgins does not have a full route tree, there’s nothing to suggest he can’t develop one. At the line of scrimmage, Higgins could benefit from better hand work. His limitations in the route tree, combined with his lack of athleticism, hinders him after the catch.
Higgins best compares to Brandon Marshall, who has a six-time Pro Bowler.
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What the Analysts Say
Long, angular frame with cheat-code body control and ball skills when attacking downfield. Higgins is leggy getting off of the press, but those same leggy strides are weapons of separation that help create big plays. He’s played all three receiver spots and can be moved around to match up against cornerbacks. –Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
Higgins was a highly productive receiver for the Clemson Tigers over the last two seasons. Catching 59 passes in each year for a total of 2,103 yards and 26 total touchdowns. Higgins will look to be a big play receiver at the next level with his ability to win contested catches. –Patrick Conn, DraftWire
Joe Burrow has a weapon to grow with. With question marks surrounding A.J. Green’s spot on the team, Higgins will be a piece and weapon for Burrow, who will need the weapons to continue to grow. Expect Higgins to start as the backup wide receiver on the boundary until an injury or trade.