Calvin Ridley: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Calvin Ridley School Page:

Position: Wide ReceiverAlabama Crimson Tide Football

 

College: Alabama

Height: 6-1

Weight: 188

40 Time: 4.35

Awards:

  • 2015: All-Freshman Team, Second Team All-SEC
  • 2016: Second Team All-SEC

NFL Draft Board Analysis:

Highest pick on the NFL Draft Board:

Calvin Ridley comes in at the bottom half of the first ten picks in the draft. His junior season will have a big impact on his draft status. He rocketed out to an excellent freshman year, then cooled off his sophomore year. If he can put up better numbers that his freshman year, which he should be able to do with returning quarterback, Jalen Hurts, he should be drafted in the top ten, if not top five.

Most likely destination from the NFL Draft Board:

Look for a team that drafts a quarterback in the first round of the  2017 NFL draft to want to add a wide receiver to their shiny new toy.

Comparative position ranking on the NFL Draft Board:

Calvin Ridley sits behind Christian Kirk at number two on the NFL Draft board. Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk is a solid college wide receiver and a phenomenal returner. But at 5-11 it is hard to see an NFL team spending a top five pick on Kirk. Ridley and Kirk both play in the SEC, so NFL scouts will have an easy time comparing apples to apples when it comes to how they match up. Although, in the NFL, Kirk will most likely end up playing slot receiver.

Film:

Notes:

  • Holds Alabama’s single season freshman receiving record with 1045 yards, beating Amari Cooper’s record.
  • Lead team in receptions and reception yards his freshman year.
  • Production declined sophomore year with true freshman, Jalen Hurts, at quarterback.

Strengths:

  • Very agile for size.
  • Long strider can lift the top off of defenses.
  • Decisive, in and out of breaks. Nice sharp cuts.
  • Capable runner, plenty of YAC.

Areas of Concern:

  • NFL teams will look for a strong year from Ridley after a mild sophomore slump.
  • Will make an occasional business decision.
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