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The top receiver recruit in the nation, Ridley chose Alabama and thrived as a true freshman despite not enrolling until fall of 2015, totaling 1,045 yards and seven scores on 89 catches in 15 games (11 starts).
His production dipped a bit from 2016-17 (135 catches, 1736 yards, 12 TDs in 29 games) as the Tide threw less and ran more, but he averaged 15.3 yards per catch in 2017 (up from 11.7 in 2015,10.7 in 2016) and earned first-team All-SEC honors.
He tied for sixth among wideouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds) but did very poorly in the vertical (tied third-to-last at 31 inches) and broad (last with 110 inches) jumps.
Despite fewer opportunities from 2016-17, Ridley is a polished all-around receiver with big-play explosiveness. He has easy speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash) and fluidity, and runs a full route tree with precision, making every route look the same off the line. When throws are off, he can track the ball and adjust for the catch. He lined up everywhere and grew mentally during college.
Ridley's biggest concern is a lean frame and lack of play strength, which is most concerning against press coverage. He must get stronger or develop better tricks in his release, or production will be inconsistent. His lack of strength also shows up at the catch point, and while he's elusive, he's not a tackle-breaker. He also had 20 college drops.
Ridley is old (turns 24 in December) for a junior, but he's mature and should start from Day 1. His progress against press will determine his ceiling.
--Field Level Media
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