According to a report from AL.com, Alabama wide receiver, and my top rated receiver, Calvin Ridley, has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
NEW: Alabama star wide receiver Calvin Ridley is turning pro https://t.co/2cX1mfAiii pic.twitter.com/YAzP8Y7O5o— AL.com (@aldotcom) January 10, 2018
This decision is not at all surprising, as Ridley is expected to come off the board in the upper half of the first round, possibly even in the top 10 with wide receiver needy teams like the Bears lurking.
Ridley should be the top target in the draft for the Ravens, a team with a clear need at wide receiver. Ridley is an excellent route runner with reliable hands, and has breakaway speed. He may be the most pro-ready wide receiver available. In addition, Ridley comes from Alabama, a school which the Ravens and Alabama alum Ozzie Newsome loves to draft from. Though it is hard to tell if Ridley will last to the 16th pick where the Ravens select.
In his career at Alabama, Ridley made 224 receptions 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. This season, Ridley had 967 yards on 63 catches. Ridley won two national championships at Alabama.