Calvin Ridley is almost everyone’s WR 1 in the 2018 NFL draft. He’s a combination of speed and route running with good size to go with it. He’s the most polished wide receiver in this class and will be the first wide receiver come draft day. Calvin Ridley is a 6’1, 190 pound wide receiver from Alabama. He played in 14 games in 2017, had 63 receptions for 967 yards, averaged 15.3 yards per catch and had 5 receiving touchdowns’s.
Pros: great and polished route running, good release, has good hands, effective after the catch, has very good speed, very good quickness which helps with getting separation, good at re-routing when the qb extends the play, he’s a versatile player he can play slot or outside and run reverses, has good acceleration when running in space, great at getting separation and he’s a playmaker he can take the top off a defense.
Cons: poor blocking, think he needs to put on a little weight, he’s going to need to be more physical going up against press coverage he very often got free releases and he’s really not a red zone threat in terms of jump balls.
Summary: Calvin Ridley’s combination of route running and quickness is what gets him separation, his great speed is what makes him a playmaker and gives him the ability to take the top off defenses. Those 2 things is what makes him so hard to cover because corners have to respect his deep speed opening up the short to intermediate route especially with his great route running. Ridley is going to be a very productive receiver in the NFL.
Draft Projection: Top 20
Landing Spots: Bears, Cardinals, 49ers
Player Comparison: Todd Pinkston
5 days ago
Pick: Calvin Ridley - WR - Alabama
The Bear's offense is on the rise. One missing piece is a big threat out wide.
In comes, Calvin Ridley. In the '17-'18 season, Ridley 63 passes for 967 yards and 5TDs. Averaging 15.3 yards per catch.
@justdoit_cb3 could give the @chicagobears the balance it needs.