Calvin Ridley will forgo his senior year, enter 2018 NFL Draft

Calvin Ridley will forgo his senior year, enter 2018 NFL Draft

Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley will enter the NFL Draft, he announced on Wednesday. In his three-year career, he caught a pass in all 44 games he appeared in. He finished third on Alabama’s all-time career receiving list, only trailing Amari Cooper and D.J. Hall.

“In announcing my entrance to the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, I know that those who come after me will take this program to even greater heights,” Ridley said in a statement. “The future of this program is indeed in great hands.”

Ridley finished with 2,781 yards on 224 catches, which is second all-time for Alabama behind Cooper once again. Ridley was big in Alabama’s 26-23 win over Georgia. He caught the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Ridley also had 19 career touchdowns. That, once again, is second all-time for Alabama behind Cooper, who had 31. 

You can read Ridley’s full statement below:


This season, Ridley had 63 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns. Many draft experts, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper, project Ridley as a first-round selection. He was a five-star recruit out of high school, and became one of Alabama’s most prolific receivers. 

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