It’s been a long road for Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins. The 167th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has struggled to find his footing early on with the Cleveland Browns. Just how tough has it been? The Browns briefly cut Higgins this fall, stashing him on their practice squad before ultimately elevating him back to the 53 man roster. In Week 2, Higgins surpassed his 2016 rookie totals for both receptions and yardage (7 receptions for 95 yards against the Ravens).
As a player who I was a big fan of in the pre-Draft process, it was great to see. It’s finally a glimpse on the field of what Higgins was able to showcase as a member of the Colorado State Rams.
Below, you’ll find my 2016 NFL Draft report on Higgins coming out of college.
With the injury to Corey Coleman, there’s a chance that the opportunities are going to stay present for Higgins. But where has the hiccups been, as Higgins had trouble finding the field as a rookie in spite of a good amount of technical polish? Play strength is one notable area that Higgins is simply lacking for the NFL level. This is a player ideally suited for the slot, much like the player he was compared to in that report: Eagles’ WR Nelson Agholor.
Note the route breakdown on Higgins’ receptions from the contest against the Ravens.
Good to see Rashard Higgins making an impact. Running around all over the field today. His Next Gen Stats Route Chart against the Ravens: pic.twitter.com/ra1La90V8d
— Ethan Young (@NFLDrafter) September 17, 2017
A lot of work from the middle of the field, where the chance to avoid collisions at the line of scrimmage is more consistent. Provided the Browns do not let the injury to Coleman push Higgins to the boundary, he’ll have an opportunity to consistently utilize that route running against free releases and continue to be a quality contributor. Look for the Browns to elevate Sammie Coates outside and let Higgins play where he wins. I, for one, will be rooting for him as a big fan of his prior to the 2016 NFL Draft.