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2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Calvin Ridley

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 189 lbs.

Age: 23

School: Alabama


40-yard dash: 4.43 sec.

Vertical: 31.0”

Broad: 110.0”

Bench: 15 reps

3-cone: 6.88 sec.



Extremely polished receiver. Very smooth route-runner. Easily creates separation at all levels. Gets defensive backs on their heels with speed and subtle movements. Can take the top off the defense. Extends for balls over the middle. Reliable security blanket. Finds the holes in zone coverage. Picks up key first downs. Has the ability to line up all over the formation. Great on-the-ground catch radius. Excellent field awareness when the play breaks down.



Not a high-flyer. Needs to win jump balls with timing and positioning rather than leaping ability. Has had problems with drops. Improved strength could help him against physical press coverage. Doesn’t possess elite explosiveness.


NFL Comparisons

Reggie Wayne – Amari Cooper – Emmanuel Sanders



Ridley is the most polished wideout in this year’s class, but teams need to know they are getting an on-the-ground receiver that will win with speed and polish rather than physicality and explosiveness. At worst, Ridley should settle in as a reliable, high-end secondary option in a strong passing attack.


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