|Draft Home|||||Draft Tracker|||||Team Reports|||||Prospect Reports|
Ridley lacks the college production of most of the other top wide receiver prospects in this class, but scouts have long been aware of his talent and, of course, his bloodlines. His brother, Calvin Ridley, starred at Alabama, was a first-round pick in 2018 and posted 64 catches as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons.
Riley isn't as fast as his brother - and his pedestrian speed for the position limits his ceiling - but he is an inch taller and about 10 pounds heavier. The four-star high school prospect caught 26 passes in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, with six of those catches coming in the national championship game against Alabama at the end of the 2017 season.
He led Georgia with 44 receptions for 570 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 on a team that usually preferred the run to the pass. Before declaring early for the NFL Draft, he finished his college career with a combined 10 catches in games against Alabama and Texas.
The nine touchdown receptions last season indicate what he can do in the red zone, or in short yardage, when given the opportunity. He is set up to be that move-the-chains target in the NFL, because he runs good routes and can sniff out coverages in order to find the soft spots in the defense. Good hands help complete the profile of a possession receiver.
Don't be turned off by his so-so college production; he has further potential that the NFL can tap into. His quickness, acceleration and long speed will be questions, so he doesn't ooze upside, but he would be a rather safe mid-round pick who projects into a WR2 role at the pro level.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media