Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley won a national championship in his final collegiate season and is the favorite to be the first player at his position taken during the upcoming NFL draft.
OddsShark shared the latest wide receivers odds, and Ridley is joined by Maryland's D.J. Moore and SMU's Courtland Sutton as the three pass-catchers with better than +1,000 odds (bet $10 to win $100) to be taken first among their positional peers:
The latest mock draft from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller echoes the notion Ridley will be the first wide receiver taken in Thursday's opening round. Ridley was the only wide receiver to be selected in the first round in the mock, and he went No. 16 to the Baltimore Ravens.
"Calvin Ridley makes too much sense for the Baltimore Ravens," Miller wrote. "… Even after adding veteran Michael Crabtree and the explosive but oft-injured John Brown, the Ravens' wide receiver depth chart is bare and lacking in long-term answers."
Miller also ranked the top receivers in the draft and had Ridley No. 1, Sutton No. 2, Texas A&M's Christian Kirk No. 3 and Moore No. 4. His pro comparison for Ridley was the retired Reggie Wayne, who made six Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl during his NFL career.
Ridley was a household name among college football fans for much of his career at Alabama, especially since he was playing at such a marquee program. He tallied 1,045 receiving yards in his first collegiate season and posted 967 last year to go with five touchdown catches.
Becoming the first wide receiver to be drafted would be a fitting end to his accomplishments with the Crimson Tide as he turns his attention to the NFL.