Calvin Ridley – Alabama
6’1″ 190 lbs
Calvin Ridley has been a well known name in dynasty circles for a while, but winning a national championships gets you household recognition, especially after hauling in a late touchdown on 4th and seven.
There are a lot of positives to Ridley’s game. He runs very good routes, varying his method of creating separation between speed, technique on slants and double moves, quickness- especially after a hard jab-step. Ridley changes direction mid-route with a suddenness that can leave corners helpless; he might have the best in-route feet of any receiver in this class. He is able to get deep using his speed, but is also heady enough to work his way back to a quarterback who is under pressure.
Although Ridley is listed at 6’1″, he is very slight, less than 190 pounds. While advantageous to his speed, being this light causes several problems for Ridley. He isn’t a great blocker, often presenting a mere inconvenience to a defender. Ridley tends to get muscled into giving up on heavily contested routes, especially when checked at the line of scrimmage, and he struggles to create space once a defender is able to get a hand on him. For a receiver with dynamic speed, Ridley’s post-catch ability is uninspiring; he is often brought down within a few yards of the catch point.
While Calvin Ridley has some traits that show like an NFL number one, a closer inspection leaves you wanting more. He ought to be serviceable at the next level, but he’s going to be a secondary piece; not the fantasy stud we are hoping for.