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12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama,...Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis were first-team selections on defense. Sophomore offensive lineman Jonah Williams and junior receiver Calvin Ridley received first-team honors on offense while senior punter JK Scott was tabbed as the first-team punter. The first-team honors are the third for Scott (2014, 2016) and second for Fitzpatrick (2016). Ridley was a second-team selection in 2015 and 2016.
A three-year starter at Alabama, Ridley took the baton from Amari Cooper as the Crimson Tide's No. 1 receiver, lining up all over the formation. His stats took a dip his final two seasons (only four 100-yard receiving games in 28 starts), but that was due to a limited offensive identity with inconsistent quarterback play by Jalen Hurts and defenses rolling coverage to Ridley's side of the field - while it hurt his production, an inaccurate quarterback helped his evaluation because it forced Ridley to consistently bail out poor throws. Ridley is electric and elusive in his movements to create his own separation and threaten the defense after the catch. He is a dynamic, yet composed route runner with the savvy, explosiveness and twitch reminiscent of Stefon Diggs. Ridley isn't a power finisher and his lack of body strength is the main hurdle keeping him from being a premier NFL pass-catcher, but he is a natural hands-catcher with reliable ball skills. Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has produced two top-10 wide receiver prospects (Cooper, Julio Jones) and Ridley could be the third, projecting as a No. 1 wideout in the NFL.
BACKGROUND A five-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Calvin Ridley spent much of his youth in the foster care system (along with his three younger brothers) after his father (Colin) was deported to Guyana and his mother (Kay Daniels) dealt with personal issues. Academics were an issue for him and he attended Fort Lauderdale Dillard as a freshman and Hollywood Chaminade as a sophomore before flourishing at Monarch as a junior, leading the team to the state playoffs. However, he played only three games his senior season due to age restrictions. Ridley narrowed his college choice to four programs, choosing Alabama over Florida State, Miami and Ohio State. Despite not enrolling until fall 2015, he made an immediate impact and filled the shoes of the departed Amari Cooper, finishing the 2015 season with a school freshman record 1,045 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 89 catches, earning Freshman All-American honors. With freshman Jalen Hurts taking over at quarterback, Ridley saw his production dip as a sophomore, posting a team-best 72 receptions for 769 yards and seven scores to earn Second Team All-SEC honors. For the third straight season, he led Alabama in receiving as a junior in 2017.
STRENGTHS Outstanding play speed. Dynamic and detailed route runner, creating his own separation. Every route looks the same off the line of scrimmage, setting up defenders with body language and multiple gears. Explosive plant-and-go athlete at the stem, accelerating with burst off his plant foot to not only maintain his speed, but increase his pace. Loose body control and reliable hands at the catch point to consistently spear throws away from his frame. Bails out inaccurate throws from his quarterback, making proper adjustments to the ball in flight. Finds his top speed quickly and sustains on vertical patterns (his favorite routes) to out-pace corners downfield - of his 17 career touchdowns, over half (nine) were 30+ yards. Deadly on stop and slant routes, eating cushion without breaking stride.
Always working to get open. Struggled with the playbook when he arrived on campus, but showed reassuring improvements the last three seasons. Older prospect, but also a mature prospect with a soft-spoken, focused personality. Praised by his coaches for his preparation and mentality during the week, responding well to coaching (Alabama source: "Calvin is often the first player on the practice field and shows the same energy in practice that he does in games - he is very determined and just loves playing."). Lined up all over the formation in Alabama's offense and played for three different offensive coordinators. Highly productive career, finishing third in school history in receiving yards. - Dane Brugler 11/28/2017
WEAKNESSES Lean-muscled athlete and doesn't have the body armor or bulk desired at the position. Below average functional strength, which shows at times vs. physical defensive backs at the catch point. Inconsistent results vs. press coverage, lacking the upper body power to consistently fight through the jam. Not a tackle-breaker as a ballcarrier and will never be one, preferring to escape out of bounds or even give himself up instead of taking on contact. Lack of body armor on his frame leads to durability concerns - avoided any major injuries at Alabama, but missed playing time due to various minor issues. Older prospect and turns 24 years old during his NFL rookie season. - Dane Brugler 11/28/17
COMPARES TO: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings - A fifth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Diggs has developed into a dangerous weapon due to his gliding routes and ability to separate down the field. Ridley has similar play speed and burst out of his cuts to get open and give his quarterback a clean target. Brugler, 1/8/17
IN OUR VIEW: Ridley isn't a power finisher and his lack of body strength is the main hurdle keeping him from being a premier NFL pass-catcher, but he is a natural hands-catcher with reliable ball skills. Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has produced two top-10 wide receiver prospects (Amari Cooper, Julio Jones) and Ridley could be the third, projecting as a high-end No. 2 wideout in the NFL.
One of the nation’s most explosive wideouts ... second in UA history for receptions with 216 and ranks third in receiving yards with 2,710 while tying for third in career touchdowns catches (17) ... leads the Tide with 55 catches for 896 yards to average 16.3 yards per catch with three touchdown receptions ... the 896 yards is good for third in the SEC while his 55 receptions is sixth in the conference ... collected a team-high 15 explosive receptions of 20-plus yards and leads all wideouts with 38 catches that have gone for a first down or a touchdown ... has caught at least one pass in all 42 games of his Alabama career to rank third in the FBS ... registered five or more catches in 26 of his 42 career games ... named First Team All-SEC by the coaches/
Selected as a Preseason First Team All-American by Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated while earning Second Team recognition from four outlets ... tabbed to the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award Preseason Watch Lists while also earning recognition on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his play against Florida State, Colorado State, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Florida State: Paced the Tide wideouts, tallying seven receptions for 82 total yards and one score ... the TD strike came on a 53-yard bomb from Jalen Hurts for UA’s first touchdown of the night ... selected as an offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his game against the Florida State and Mississippi State. Fresno State: Led the Tide receivers with five catches for 45 yards ... hauled in a long of 16 yards with two of his receptions going for a first down ... also added one rush for a gain of 13 yards, his first running play of the 2017 season
Colorado State: Caught three passes for a team-high 92 yards and one score ... connected with Hurts for a 78-yard touchdown strike on the Crimson Tide’s second offensive drive of the day ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Tide staff for his output against the Rams. Vanderbilt: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, finishing with five catches for 43 yards and a long of 12 ... all five of his receptions went for a first down on the afternoon ... also rushed one time for four yards on a reverse. Ole Miss: Led the Tide wideouts with four catches for 60 yards against the Rebels ... had a long reception of 22 yards ... all four of his catches went for a first down. Texas A&M: Recorded a team-leading five catches for 68 yards against the Aggies ... had a long reception of 30 yards ... four of his five receptions went for a first down to help move the Alabama offense down the field against a stout A&M defense.
Arkansas: Paced the Crimson Tide receivers once again, totaling 51 yards on four catches ... had a long reception of 27 yards with three of his four catches securing a first down for UA ... selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Tide coaching staff. Tennessee: Led the Tide wideouts once again, recording a season-high eight receptions for 82 yards ... had a long reception of 26 yards against the Vols. LSU: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, recording three receptions for 61 yards with a long of 24 yards ... all three of his catches went for a first down against the Tigers.
Mississippi State: Recorded a season-high 171 yards on just five catches to average 34.2 yards per reception ... was explosive in the receiving game, registering a game-long 63-yard catch and run to go along with a 61-yarder and 31-yard reception ... four of his catches went for a first down against the Bulldogs ... selected as one of the UA coaches’ offensive players of the week for his efforts in Starkville. Mercer: Amassed 100-plus yards for a second consecutive game, totaling 103 yards receiving on three catches with a touchdown ... perfectly executed a double move to get wide open for a 66-yard touchdown catch from Jalen Hurts for the Tide’s third score of the afternoon. Auburn: Hauled in a team-high three receptions for 38 yards with a long catch of 26.
A big-play threat in the talented Crimson Tide receiving corps ... was a Freshman All-American in his first season at the Capstone ... set UA freshman records with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards ... named a second team All-SEC honoree by the conference coaches ... as a sophomore had 72 catches for 769 yards and seven touchdowns ... notched five or more catches in 20 of his 30 career games played and has a catch in every game of his career ... 39 of his receptions went for a first down or a touchdown in 2016 ... a big-play threat, he had 21 explosive receptions of 15 yards or more to lead the Tide ... also rushed five times for 21 yards and a touchdown in his sophomore campaign ... named to the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List ... selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his performances against Western Kentucky and Kentucky. USC: Finished the season opener with two catches for nine yards with a long of 10 ... also returned two punts for four yards with a long of six. Western Kentucky: Hauled in a career-high tying nine receptions for 129 yards and one score ... had a long reception of 51 yards ... averaged 14.3 yards per reception with seven of his catches going for a first down (6) or touchdown (1) against WKU ... three of his receptions went for 15 yards or more. Ole Miss: Caught eight passes for 81 yards with a long of 45 yards ... also had a pair of rushes for two yards with a long of six and one touchdown ... came around on a jet sweep to the outside to rush it in for the Tide’s first touchdown of the day.
Kent State: Wrapped up his half of play with one reception for five yards and one rushing attempt for seven total yards. Kentucky: Caught a career-high 11 passes for 174 yards, also a career mark for the wideout ... added two touchdown receptions to match his single-game high ... averaged 14.5 yards per catch with seven of his 11 catches converting a first down ... pulled in a long catch of 46 yards with four receptions going for over 15 yards ... also ran the ball once for six yards. Arkansas: Caught three passes for 14 yards with his team-leading fourth touchdown of the season ... had a long reception of nine yards against the Hogs. Tennessee: Totaled six receptions for 58 yards against the Volunteers ... three of his six catches went for a first down with a long reception of 31 yards. Texas A&M: Caught four passes for 27 yards and hauled in his fifth touchdown catch of the season on a five-yard strike from Jalen Hurts ... two of his four receptions converted first downs for Alabama. LSU: Made two catches for 23 yards, with a long reception of 21 yards to rank second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Mississippi State: Caught six passes for 25 yards and a touchdown ... scored on a four-yard pass in the first quarter ... three of his six catches converted a first down with a long of 20 yards.
Chattanooga: Led the Crimson Tide with seven receptions for 94 yards and a score ... registered a long play of 47 yards on the touchdown strike from Jalen Hurts to give Alabama its first points of the evening. Auburn: Tied for second on the team with five receptions for 44 yards ... had a long catch of 25 yards that led to Adam Griffith’s second field goal of the afternoon ... three of his receptions provided the Alabama offense with a first down. Florida: Led the Crimson Tide with four catches for 43 yards, including a long reception of 52 yards ... his long reception put UA in Florida territory and led to an eventual touchdown for Alabama. Washington: Caught one pass for six yards against the Huskies as the Tide offense focused on running the ball. Clemson: Led all Tide receivers with five receptions for 36 yards ... had a long reception of 15 yards against the Tigers ... three of his receptions went for a first down in the CFP National Championship.
Selected to the Sporting News and SEC All-Freshman teams, and the All-SEC Second Team by the Associated Press ... set the UA single-season freshman receiving record for yards with 1,045, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,000 held by Amari Cooper (2012) ... made an immediate impact on the Crimson Tide offense, reeling in a team-leading 89 catches for a team-high 1,045 yards in 15 games (11 starts) ... 17 of his catches went for 15-plus yards, including five of his seven scores ... five of his seven touchdowns came on plays of 30 yards or more ... had a team-leading 44 receptions for a first down or score ... recorded five or more catches in nine of his 11 starts and 11 games overall ... named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance at Georgia ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against ULM, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Michigan State. Wisconsin: Collected three catches for 22 yards with a long of 13 in his first career game with the Crimson Tide. Middle Tennessee: Hauled in four catches for 37 yards with a long of 16, all season highs. Ole Miss: Caught a then-season high six passes for 28 total yards against the Rebels.
ULM: Finished with a team-high four receptions for 38 yards, including his first career touchdown, in the first start of his freshman campaign... the scoring play came on a 15 yard catch and run from Jake Coker in the second quarter. Georgia: Had a career game against the Bulldogs, reeling in five passes for a career high 120 yards ... made two long catches, including a season-high 50 yard reception and a 45-yard touchdown on the play-action pass ... the 45 yard strike for a score was the Tide’s longest touchdown-scoring reception of the season. Arkansas: Set career-highs in every category, finishing the night with nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown ... caught a season-long 81-yard reception for a score, the second-longest catch by an Alabama freshman in program history. Texas A&M: Led the team in receptions once again, hauling in seven passes for 52 yards with a long of 28 ... two of his receptions went for first downs against the Aggies. Tennessee: Collected seven catches for the second straight game, amassing 88 yards in the process ... a reliable option against the Vols, five of his caches went for a first down.
LSU: Recorded seven catches for a third consecutive game, leading the Tide offense in receptions and yards with 51 ... had a long of 15 against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Reeled in a team-high five catches for 76 yards with one touchdown ... the score came on a 60 a bubble screen that he took 60 yards for a touchdown after avoiding more than one Bulldog defender. Charleston Southern: Hauled in four catches for 49 yards and his fifth score of the season in limited action ... his long catch of the day went for a 30-yard touchdown. Auburn: Led the team with 90 yards receiving on six catches ... had a long play 46 yards, his third-longest reception of the season. Florida: Caught eight passes for 102 yards, his third 100-plus yard game of his career ... had a long play of 55 yards on a jump ball from Jake Coker that he pulled down between two Gator defenders to provide the Tide offense with a spark. Michigan State: Recorded his fourth 100-plus yard performance of the season, hauling in a team-high eight catches for 138 yards and a career-high two touchdowns ... had a long play of 50 yards the resulted in a score ... also hauled in a six-yard strike from Jake Coker for the Crimson Tide’s second touchdown of the day. Clemson: Hauled in six passes for 14 yards with a long of nine against the Tigers.
Attended Monarch High, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The nation’s top-ranked wide receiver by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … consensus five-star prospect … the No. 4 wide receiver by Scout.com … participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike’s “The Opening” where he captured MVP honors … ranked ninth in the Rivals100 and the No. 4 prospect in the state of Florida … 247Sports.com ranked him 17th in its Top247 and No. 7 in Florida … the 247Composite listed him 11th overall and sixth in the state … No. 23 in the ESPN300 and No. 8 in the state of Florida while ranking 12th in the Southeast Region … Scout.com rated him No. 29 in the Scout300 and the No. 2 wide receiver in the Southeast … No. 22 on the PrepStar Dream Team … No. 11 on the Orlando Sentinel’s 2015 Florida Top 100 … only able to play three games during his senior season due to age restrictions … hauled in 18 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns in those three games in 2014 … caught 41 passes for 1,131 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 … coached by Calvin Davis at Monarch High School where he was a second team 2013 All-State selection … chose Alabama over Miami, Florida State and Ohio State.
Draft Scout Player News
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: While Ridley's easy athleticism was obvious in his initial acceleration out of his stance and fluid change of direction, he dropped several very catchable passes. The frustration seemed to get the better of him as the afternoon workout went on, with Ridley losing his feet and taking a hard fall to the turf after slipping on a post-corner route. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama...Ridley is a first-round prospect, but one of the main concerns is his relatively wiry frame. While listed at 190 pounds, some around the NFL are worried he's closer to 185 pounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/18 - Alabama junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley is entering the NFL draft. Ridley announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, two days after the Crimson Tide won the second national championship of his three-year career. Widely projected as a first-round pick, Ridley easily led the Tide in receiving. He had 63 catches for 967 yards while no other wide receiver caught more than 14 balls. Ridley's 7-yard touchdown catch with 3:49 left tied the title game against Georgia and Alabama won 26-23 in overtime. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is second in school history with 220 career catches and third with 2,749 yards. He tied Dennis Homan for second in career touchdown catches with 18. Alabama has several players with eligibility left who are projected high in the draft, including defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. - AP College Football
01/10/18 - Less than 48 hours after Alabama's dramatic win over Georgia in the national championship game, three players for the Crimson Tide announced their intention to enter the NFL Draft. Ridley, who had 63 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns this season, later confirmed his future plans via social media. "Preparing for a life after college football, regardless of what your future may hold, can be a scary proposition for many athletes especially those who DID NOT attend the University of Alabama," Ridley wrote on Twitter. "Having been thoroughly prepared for that next step, I am truly ready, because in the beginning, I chose THE RIGHT SCHOOL." Projected to be a first-round draft pick, Ridley finished his career with the Crimson Tide with 224 receptions for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
01/08/18 - Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley is likely a first-round NFL draft pick regarded as one of the nation's best at his position, but you might not have noticed watching the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's last couple of games. A run-oriented offense with a scrambling quarterback doesn't always throw the ball his way with the same regularity that other offenses target their best receivers going into the national championship game Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Georgia's Javon Wims and Terry Godwin are in a similar situation, even if they're not as heralded. And none are complaining.
"I play for a championship every year," Ridley said. "I'm very happy at this school. I know what I'm capable of and once I do get those touches I'll make it happen." The three receivers enter the title game with two 100-yard receiving games between them, both courtesy of Ridley . Thirty FBS players have 1,000 receiving yards, and none of them will be in this game. Ridley is one deep ball away from joining them with 935 yards and four touchdowns. He's regarded by some analysts as the top receiving prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. "He's a great receiver," Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts said. "He makes plays, he knows how to get open, and he's a really good player and a really hard player to stop." - AP College Football