Calvin Ridley- WR Alabama 

6', 189, (O) 4.43, 31.5" Arms,

15 Reps, 36" Vert! 10'3"Broad, 

6.88 3-Cone, 4.41 Short Shuffle,

The Best: Part II. 

By TOM

If he is on the Board at 23, the Pats have to take him. "Yeah, he's their go-to, the answer for them," Clemson CB Ryan Carter said. "But I saw a couple of other guys make plays for them. No. 4 Jeudy, the freshman. When I watched him on tape, he's a very explosive. He looks very similar to Ridley as far as his shape, his frame and as far as him being able to make those explosive plays.

He has great speed in Pattern "But outside of Ridley you have to try to limit Ridley," Clemson CB Carter said. "And if we do that, I think we have a great chance of winning the game. But their guys supporting him, they're really good too. We have to be locked in, period. But if we can take care of Calvin Ridley, I think we'll be fine." He runs the best patterns of any WR in this Draft.

He took the pressure off their young QBs. "Yeah, he's their go-to (guy). The answer for them," Carter said.  "But I saw a couple of other guys make plays for them. No. 4 (Jerry) Jeudy, the freshman. When I watched him on tape, he's a very explosive. He looks very similar to Ridley as far as his shape, his frame and as far as him being able to make those explosive plays." He uses great precise route running to get open. 

He is in the mode of Cooks and Dorsett, only bigger. He is a phenomenal talent with will be one of the first three WRs taken in the 1st Round. His floor is obviously 16. He not only has elite speed, he also has elite hands. I didn't see him drop one ball this season. He creates separation with breaks on the second level as well as any WR in this Draft. 

His hands have been all but perfect this season. He is an elite speed WR. Nice job adjusting to the ball deep down field. He can draw the flag on the adjustment, as the CB cannot slide to the side with near the agility that he can. He is not just a pure straight line speed guy. He has explosive bursts in and out of cuts and breaks. Effortlessly tracks the ball all over the field, and brings it in like angel catching a cloud with soft hands.

He came up big when they needed him the most. He is so fast he can out run the pass sometimes. He can go up and high point the under thrown ball. He is a good blocker on the edge. His ability to get open in patterns is as good as I've seen. Loves to bend to one side, get the CB leaning, and breaks to the opposite side instantly. Great shimmy-shimmy-shake, and then the suddenness to burst inside or outside with elite separation. He turns the CB around in pattern. 

He is the smartest WR in this Draft. He is an expert route runner already. He can also run elite patterns short to get wide open as a slot guy. He has such a knack for using his feet, hands and body to get a DB moving one way and then instantly cutting the other. No one sets up moves better than him. Plus, he runs elite deep patterns that have made him look like a 4.3 guy, but he only ran 4.43 at the Combine. Which is great, but seemed slow for him because of his great ability to get over the top in pattern.

2017 (Junior): One of the nation’s most explosive wideouts ... finished second in UA history for receptions with 224 and receiving touchdowns (19) while ranking third in receiving yards with 2,781 ... totaled eight career 100-yard receiving games to tie for third in the Alabama record books ... caught at least one pass in all 44 games of his Alabama career to rank third among active receivers in the FBS during 2017 ... named First Team All-SEC by the coaches ... led the Tide with 63 catches for 967 yards to average 15.3 yards per catch with five touchdown receptions ... the 967 yards was good for third in the SEC while his 63 receptions ranked sixth in the conference ... collected a team-high 15 explosive receptions of 20-plus yards and led all wideouts with 41 catches that went for a first down or a touchdown.

Additional Notes:

A&M: He can get open in pattern. When he breaks inside on an In, he bursts himself wide open over the middle. He can get low and dig the ball out of the dirt at full speed. He is so good at curling inside to get open. Great fakes in route to dismiss the CB. He used a head fake to take the CB completely out of the play in the 3rd against A&M. Very tough little dude. He was hurt against A&M, and kept coming back in. When he was out, the offense couldn't make up for that loss. 

LSU: I am so impressed with this kid as a senior. He is doing everything right, and he has been injured. His hands have been incredible this season as well. He makes it look easy sometimes. Great burst off the line. Then he bends outside at full speed, and the CB can't adjust to his subtle move at full speed. He is so elusive in the open field. He is catching everything this year. He is so quick in pattern that he burst open all the time. He is so quick in tricky in pattern that he can make DBs look foolish. 

FLA State: He looked like he finally put his speed into production against FLA ST. Very interesting blend of size and speed. He draws penalties with just his speed running by guys. He ran right past McFadden against FLA ST, and forced him to grab shirt and he almost tackled him, because he ran by him like he was toast. Nice hands. He can leap back to the side and extend his hands and grabbed the pass. He can run short patterns as well. He will look a little nervous catching it in the box, but he will grab it and hold on. 

Combine: Great quick feet on the sideline. Smooth and easy adjusting to the ball. One drop in the Gauntlet. He can get low and easily snag the low ball. Just a natural catcher in pattern. He had to slide down and snag one off the turf at the Combine. He is so easy catching the deep one. Love the way he runs patterns with a little shake and back, and gets his hands up naturally and tippity taps the sideline. Leaps up to catch the high one when he doesn't have to sometimes. 

He creates separation running great patterns. "My route running," Ridley said. "I’m pretty detailed in my route-running. I don’t like when I run weird looking routes. I’m a perfectionist. The depth, the stick, the top of the route. I want to be in and out of my breaks." Excellent setting up breaks with little tricks and weaves before.

His fakes in pattern make his breaks elite. "Coach Saban works us hard and the outcome is to win," Ridley said. "I told one coach that when I had one bad week of practice I had a bad game. When I had a great week of practice I had a great games. I really believe in that." Knows how to get open over the top of defenses. 

Previously Released: Ridley has the speed, and every team has the need for speed. "He's a hard guy to cover. We try to move him around a lot. It's our intention to get him the ball a lot because he's a good player," Saban said. "He's hard to cover. He's got great hands. He's a really good competitor, and plays with a lot of toughness. He can run with the ball after he catches it. It's our intention to get him the ball. Not that we don't have confidence in our other guys, but he's been very productive for us and had a great career here and also had a great season so far this year." He creates trouble for defenses all over the field in every way. 

Calvin Ridley Vs FLA ST:

His speed at the Combine was a little disappointing, because he has that knack for getting open over the top of defense (:01). He is small and can struggle to sustain blocks, but he can give a hit in the run game (:09). Elite quicks and COD in pattern. He changed direction three times in that short pattern (:18). Watch the great suddenness in his shoulder as he breaks open outside. 

He tries but too often fails to sustain bocks (:25). Amazing explosive breaks inside to leave the DB in the dust. That would be an easy reception from an NFL QB (:37). Great speed in the slot. Elite break outside created NFL separation (:47). Watch the great break outside (:58). That is what he does best, run patterns to get wide open. 

He is just deadly in the Slot. He destroys defenders inside. Watch this explosive burst upfield that that caused about five yards of separation instantly. He is the best route runner in the Draft (1:15). They put him in motion a lot. Great hands and body control. He reached his hands out as he spun around and snagged the ball thrown on the wrong shoulder (1:11). That was a great catch.

He took the outside shoulder of the CB on the release. The CB had to bail, which gave Ridley enough room to grab the 1st (1:34). But this is why he won't get past the Ravens at 16. He has that knack for getting open over the top. He makes great adjustments to the deep ball from the running QB (1:41). He has smooth, natural and easy hands to catch it without fighting the ball at all.

He would make a great speed slot guy for the Pats (2:17). He burnt that DB so bad he had to cheat (2:28). Watch the explosion, balance, and agility back as the defender had him dead to rights (2:50). He does try to block, but he has to get stronger and better (3:12). I don't know how he caught that TD. That is as good an adjust to a pass as you can make (3:25). Love him in the slot (3:56). He scared the CB so bad that he bailed 3 seconds before the snap (4:05). But it may have worked.

Ridley Vs FLA ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHTzgHT1LMs

Ridley's Official Bio:

2017 (Junior): One of the nation’s most explosive wideouts ... finished second in UA history for receptions with 224 and receiving touchdowns (19) while ranking third in receiving yards with 2,781 ... totaled eight career 100-yard receiving games to tie for third in the Alabama record books ... caught at least one pass in all 44 games of his Alabama career to rank third among active receivers in the FBS during 2017 ... named First Team All-SEC by the coaches ... led the Tide with 63 catches for 967 yards to average 15.3 yards per catch with five touchdown receptions ... the 967 yards was good for third in the SEC while his 63 receptions ranked sixth in the conference ... collected a team-high 15 explosive receptions of 20-plus yards and led all wideouts with 41 catches that went for a first down or a touchdown ... 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, Mississippi State and Clemson. 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. Clemson: Secured his fourth touchdown reception of the season as part of his four catches on the night ... totaled 39 yards receiving with a long reception of 13 yards ... named one of the offensive players of the week by the Alabama coaches for his play in New Orleans. Georgia: Led the Tide wideouts with four catches on the night ... totaled 32 yards with one touchdown reception from seven yards out.

2016 (Sophomore): 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 then 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 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.

2015 (Freshman): A big play threat in the talented Crimson Tide receiving corps ... 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. Ole Miss: Caught 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 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 yard 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 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 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.

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