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Prospect Profile: Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley

Wide receiver | Alabama | Junior

Height: 6 feet | Weight: 189 pounds

College Stats

2017: 63 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns over 14 games; was the Tide's leading receiver, averaging 15.3 yards per catch; named First-Team All-SEC by coaches

Career: 224 receptions for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns over 44 games played; two punts returned for four yards; finished second in Alabama history for receptions and receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards; totaled eight career 100-yard receiving games to tie for third in school history; caught at least one pass in all 44 games of his Alabama career to rank third among active receivers in FBS

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds (tied for sixth among wide receivers)
Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
Vertical jump: 31 inches
3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds (10th among wide receivers)
20-yard shuttle: 4.41 seconds

Profile

Summary:Coming out of Monarch High School (Coconut Creek, Florida), Ridley was the nation's top-ranked wide receiver by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals and listed as the No. 4 receiver by Scout.com. Ridley participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game and was invited to Nike's "The Opening," where he was named MVP.

Ridley went on to be a standout for Alabama, earning Second-Team All-SEC honors as a true freshman in 2015. He finished his career second in school history for receptions (224) and receiving touchdowns (19).

According to NFL analyst* *Lance Zierlein, Ridley has "game-changing talent complete with blazing speed" and route-running ability not often seen at the college level.

"He ran the full route tree at Alabama, has experience working in a pro-style attack and is a plug-and-play starter on day one. He must improve his ability to defeat press corners off the snap, or he'll become a feast or famine target," Zierlein said. "Ridley's elite speed and separation talent gives him the potential to become one of the more productive and dangerous receivers in the league."

Stacking up: NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Mike Mayock both listed Ridley as the top receiver in this year's draft class before and after the combine. Daniel Jeremiah tabbed Ridley No. 22 overall in his list of Top 50 prospects.

"Ridley is more than a home-run hitter, and I believe he'll be a top-tier No. 2 wideout at the next level," Jeremiah said.

Comparing to Cooper:At the combine, Ridley told media members that he had talked "a little bit" to fellow Alabama alum Amari Cooper, who was drafted fourth overall by the Raiders in 2015, about the draft process.

When asked how he compares himself to Cooper, Ridley said that he watches a great deal of film.

"I watch everybody's film, and I take something from everybody," Ridley added. "If I see something I like, I use it in the game. I feel like we're kinda similar. I'm just trying to get open. I like the way he runs routes."

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