With the 126th pick in the NFL Draft, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy elected to go the offensive route again by selecting Riley Ridley out of the University of Georgia. The UGA/Chicago Bears connection lives on as the Bears have now drafted four former Bulldogs since the 2016 Draft. Ridley will join former Georgia Bulldogs Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith and Javon Wims in Chicago.
When watching Ridley’s tape, the thing that pops out the most is his ability to run the entire route tree. Ridley is an elite route-runner with great speed and the ability to take the top off the defense. In his time at Georgia, Ridley hauled in 69 catches, 13 touchdowns and 1015 receiving yards. Bears fans, don’t panic at these numbers; Georgia is a run-first team. Ridley still made plenty of catches in 50/50 ball situations and has a great catch radius. At 6’1″ 198lbs, he has your typical receiver build in addition to a 4.58 40 time at the combine. Ridley should have no issue stepping right in and making plays for this offense. Although Ridley lined up on the outside as an X or Z receiver, you can look for him to spend some time in the slot under Matt Nagy’s offensive scheme. Ridley can run all the routes, he’s elusive in space, and most importantly he has great hands. On paper, this is a great pick. Now it’s time to get Ridley to Halas Hall and get to work!
The Bears have two remaining picks at 205 and 238. Look for them to add depth to the secondary and offensive line with these two picks.
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