Calvin Ridley will forgo his senior year, enter 2018 NFL DraftBy Matthew Speakman | 01/10/2018 12:53pm
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.