By: Steve Johnson
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
6’0 1/2 189 31 5/8″ arms, 9 1/8″ hands
4.43 40, 31″ vert, 9’2″ broad jump
2015: 15 games. 89 rec, 1045 yards, 7 TDs.
2016: 15 games. 72 rec, 769 yards, 7 TDs
2017: 14 games. 63 rec, 967 yards, 5 TDs.
Misc. Stats: 8 att, 40 yards, 1 TD in career. 2 PR for 4 yards in career.
Accolades: 2015 USA Today Freshmen All-American, 2016 Second-team All-SEC, 2017 First-team All-SEC, Two-Time National Champion (2015 and 2017), Two-Time SEC Champion (2015 and 2016),
History: Only played 3 games his senior year in high school due to a Florida age restriction that doesn’t allow any over the age of 19 and nine months to be eligible.
Strengths: Speedy and fluid runner. Makes corners pay for not pressing him (see Florida St). Excellent route runner. Very quick, in and out of cuts. First step is elite. He can beat defenders going vertical and horizontal. Dangerous after the catch, was used in screens at Alabama. Can line up at all three WR positions. Has played in a lot of big games and comes from a program that prepares their players for the pros.
Weaknesses: Thin framed, doesn’t have much room to build. Injury concerns could be an issue at the next level. Big hits have led to drops, that might only get worse in the NFL. He had 20 drops in his 3 years at Alabama. Small hands. Provides almost no blocking. Tries to make the big play too often after the catch. Not the most explosive guy (31″ vert and 9’2″ broad jump are below what you want out of a first round WR.
Overview: A speedy and quick receiver that runs his routes like an veteran. Ridley doesn’t offer the size and jumping abilities of his predecessors in Julio and Amari, but he can take the top off of coverage and break some ankles while he’s doing it. He will go in the first round, start and contribute day one with his familiarity to a pro-style offense and NFL route tree.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.2