1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Career Statistics: 224 catches for 2,781 yards and 19 scores, one rushing touchdown.
Why Calvin Ridley Is Here On The List: The best prospect in a relatively weak class of wide receiver talent, he lived up to the high school recruiting hype.
While he’s not the most physical of receivers, the 6-1, 190-pounder isn’t going to be asked to blast away for an NFL running game. As long as he’s able to show off the flawless route running ability he displayed in college, the great open field moves, and the all-around athleticism, he has Antonio Brown upside on the high side.
Get ready for the fantastic 40 time in Indy, get ready for him to wow the scouts in the short drills, and get ready for him to workout exactly like you’d want a top ten-overall talent to look.
And the best part? He might not have shown off all he can do.
With Jacob Coker and Jalen Hurts as his quarterbacks, he hasn’t exactly had Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers throwing his way. There’s a shot he’s a whole lot better than he showed during his terrific college career.
What The NFL Types Want To See: If he does the bench press, just how strong is he? He’ll destroy the other drills, but considering he’s a wiry speed receiver, is he stronger than it seems? No, it doesn’t really matter, but a great bench would all but blow off that knock.
Bottom Line: He’s the No. 1 receiver in this class, and it’s not even close. As is, he should be a top ten lock, with Chicago (8) and San Francisco (10) thinking very, very hard about giving their respective franchise quarterbacks a weapon.