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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Calvin Ridley #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is unable to make a catch in the end zone against Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Calvin Ridley #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is unable to make a catch in the end zone against Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Here is the 2018 NFL Draft profile of wide receiver Calvin Ridley out of Alabama breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

When it comes to wide receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft, there is a big reason why wide receiver Calvin Ridley out of Alabama is on top of many lists. His incredible route running, ability to make clutch plays at almost any time, and a natural born playmaker all define Ridley.

At 6-1 and 190 lbs., Ridley put up consistent numbers in his three years at Alabama. He performed well in a pro-style offense and was able to be a tremendous threat at various parts on the gridiron. Ridley responds well to coaches and has a wonderful team-first mentality which is a delight for general managers and coaches who know what he brings to the table.

Ridley will need to work on some things as he transitions into the NFL, particularly after the catch. Here’s a look at his strengths, weaknesses, a great video of his college highlights, and a draft day prediction.

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STRENGTHS

Ridley excels in any route assignment given to him as he did it all at Alabama. Has experience running slants, outs, fade routes, and is easily a No. 1 receiving option from the moment he’s draft. If Ridley is paired with an above average quarterback, could be a legitimate candidate to have a breakout rookie reason. At Alabama, Ridley totaled 2,781 receiving yards,  224 receptions,19 touchdowns, and averaged 12.4 yards per catch.

WEAKNESSES

Ridley’s height will be a factor as he adjusts to life in the pros. Will need to get used to facing taller and tougher defensive backs that will undoubtedly have an advantage in one-on-one situations. Ridley can do anything that he’s asked to on offense but has difficulty positioning his body to get more yards after he’s hit. Watching game film shows he plays a bit cautiously when double teamed to avoid hard-hitting defenders which is something he’ll need to fix in order to have success in the pros.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Since the NFL is mostly a passing league, teams know that Ridley has the potential to be a star receiver and a household name for years to come. He’s easily a first-round pick with many believing Ridley is a top-ten talent that will add an incredible spark to an offense that is in dire need of playmakers.

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