Former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and former Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk were two of the top offensive talents in the SEC last season. And they’ll certainly be fairly early picks in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
According to NFL.com draft expert Mike Mayock, Ridley and Kirk are also the two best receivers in the upcoming draft class.
During a teleconference ahead of this week’s NFL scouting combine, Mayock had more strong praise for the pair of former SEC playmakers.
“[Ridley] and Christian Kirk are the two best route runners in this class. They’re both fast and quick,” Mayock said. “I like them both in the slot, although I think Ridley might be a little bit faster.”
However, there are sure to be adjustments for both Ridley and Kirk as they depart college and begin their professional careers.
For Ridley, Mayock elaborated on what issues the former Crimson Tide standout may have during his transition period to the NFL.
“I think Ridley’s challenge is going to be the complexity of defensive schemes in the NFL,” Mayock said.
Both Ridley and Kirk are projected first-round picks in many NFL mock drafts, which is backed up by Mayock’s strong praise for the talented receivers.