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

Alabama DI Da'Ron Payne

The wide receiver for Alabama made the announcement through Twitter this afternoon. Ridley (6-1, 190) may not have the size to be a prototypical WR1 in an National Football League offense, but everything else about his game suggests that he'll be a productive receiver at the next level.

Projected to be a first-round draft pick, Ridley finished his career with the Crimson Tide with 224 receptions for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Alabama's annual exodus of underclassmen to the draft began Wednesday with wideout Calvin Ridley, defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne and backup running back Bo Scarbrough all turning pro, but the good news for the defending national champs is that top running back Damien Harris won't be among them.

"Having been thoroughly prepared for that next step, I am truly ready, because in the beginning, I chose THE RIGHT SCHOOL", Ridley wrote.

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Alabama won its second national championship in three years Monday with a 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia. His numbers rivaled former Alabama greats Amari Cooper and Julio Jones, both of whom were first-round selections in the NFL Draft.

He is ranked as the No. 5 draft-eligible running back by Kiper. He caught the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Ridley's best season came when he had 1,045 yards receiving with 7 touchdowns during the 2015 campaign.

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