Our next wide receiver prospect is Clemson’s Tee Higgins. He is one of the talented offensive weapons around Trevor Lawrence. His improvement this season could result in hearing his name called earlier than expected.
Tee Higgins has improved every year at Clemson, eclipsing 1,000 yards this season along with 13 touchdowns. He has the size that every NFL team wants in a wide receiver.
Higgins’ being a two-sport athlete coming from basketball, his body frame helps him evade defenders and be aggressive.
His numbers may not stand out as much as Lamb and Jeudy, but with that Clemson offense also having Travis Etienne and Justyn Ross, two other lethal threats, the stats Higgins puts up is still impressive.
For a little background on Higgins, he is a former basketball player, so the jump-style-sport that he once played is a huge indicator of why he is so talented on the football field. Higgins has an excellent jump, and can grab the ball out of the air at is peak, something every scout will look for in a wide receiver. High pointing the ball is simply part of the basics when playing the wide receiver position. I really think due to his fantastic ball skills QB’s will be able to trust him that much faster, what a great advantage he has to other guys in his class.
Tee Higgins possesses good size. At 6’4 he also has good athleticism. He’s got good hands and makes mostly hands catches. He looks to be the complete package at receiver.
Higgins has seen steady improvement in each year at Clemson. He has seen a climb in yards and touchdowns each season. Higgins finally eclipsed 1,000 yards this season adding in 13 touchdowns.
Tee Higgins busted onto the scene after an impressive sophomore season. Quietly, Higgins has improved his numbers with 52 catches, 1,082 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clemson offense goes through a countless amount of talented receivers, but also Travis Etienne, so the numbers Higgins put up is still impressive.
On the field, Higgins has great hands. With his size at 6’4, 216 pounds, Higgins has one of the biggest catch radius’ heading into the draft. With his size and hands, Higgins is really good at going up for those 50/50 balls and boxing out opponents. For a big man, Higgins’ routes are smooth. Higgins creates great separation, but the most underrated part is that he will find the open spaces in the defense for his quarterback to throw the ball.
One weakness I noticed with Tee Higgins is that he sometimes struggles to create separation in tighter spaces. He has exceptional hands, but there are times where he will panic in tight spaces and miss catches.
Another weakness is that Higgins does not have the elite speed of a wide receiver. He is still quick, but I would not call him a “tough-to-catch” receiver.
Critics say that Higgins doesn’t have the ability to stretch the middle of the field and that he is a pure boundary receiver. I do see that there is some truth to this, as most of his big plays come off his ability to grab the ball at its peak. There is no doubt that this is going to come into question in the NFL Combine interviews. Match that with his lack of burst and speed, Higgins definitely has some work to do.
Higgins like CeeDee Lamb is not a burner. He won’t wow you with his speed. Higgins also hasn’t ran that diverse of a route tree. At the next level Higgins will need to make even more contested catches. He will also need to do some studying and work on the route tree.
From what I have seen at Clemson, there’s not many things that you can’t like about Higgins. If there’s one, it might have to be the acceleration. Higgins doesn’t bring the breakaway speed compared to the other wide receivers in this draft, but he is shifty and will make defenders miss.
Draft Projection: Where will Tee Higgins land on draft day?
Tee Higgins is first round talent, and hopefully he can continue the trend of Clemson wide receiver products like DeAndre Hopkins and Mike Williams. I see Higgins being a top 25 pick. I do like the Bills fit, giving Josh Allen another solid target to throw to. I also like the Saints, where Higgins could learn not only from the best receiver in the game in Michael Thomas, but also catch passes from a future hall of fame quarterback in Drew Brees.
I could see Higgins going in the first two rounds. I do think he walks across that stage in the first two days of the draft, and he is going to make an immediate impact. The only question becomes how fast his official 40-yard dash time will be, as he will need to work on stretching the middle of the field.
Tee Higgins will be a first round pick. He comes from an illustrious university when it comes to receivers. He also possesses everything necessary to be a solid to good wide receiver in the NFL. Teams like the Packers and Miami could use his size and downfield ability.
Tee Higgins has a great chance of becoming another good wide receiver out of Clemson, like DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, Hunter Renfrow and Adam Humphries, but he has the potential to get on that Hopkins superstar level. I’m a huge fan of Higgins and with a loaded wide receiver draft class, he might get overshadowed a bit. There’s no doubt he’s a first round talent receiver, but to me, he’s a “can’t miss” prospect that can live up to the comparison of Julio Jones and Hopkins.