Georgia WR Riley Ridley’s Stock On The Rise At NFL Combine

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)While Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has been marketing himself as a top prospect in the draft, he’s not the only receiver whose stock is rising. Georgia star Riley Ridley has quickly emerged as an increasingly attractive prospect by scouts.According to DawgNation, several scouts have spoken glowingly about Ridley over the course of the NFL scouting combine. Some analysts are even projecting that Ridley will be a first-round pick.NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks currently projects Ridley will go No. 27 overall to the Oakland Raiders. He cited Ridley’s route-running ability as an asset that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden particularly loves.“(Coach Jon) Gruden loves skilled route runners at receiver,” Brooks explained. “Ridley is a crafty technician with a knack for getting open and making tough catches in traffic.”Another NFL.com analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, believes that Ridley is a top-30 prospect, rating him as No. 29 on his board. Jeremiah had Ridley as his second-highest rated Bulldog on the board, after cornerback Deandre Baker.“Ridley has good size (6-2, 200 pounds) and he’s a very polished route runner. He lacks an explosive burst in his release, but understands how to set up defenders and is very efficient at the top of his route. Despite lacking top-end juice, he creates separation with his clean footwork in/out of the break point. He has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the highest point…”Ridley had a breakout season with the Bulldogs in 2018, catching 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns en route to an SEC East division title and a Sugar Bowl appearance.He opted to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.Ridley was one of four Georgia skill position players to forego their senior year. His teammates Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman, and Isaac Nauta are also hoping to hear their names called this year.[DawgNation]last_img

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