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Alabama's Ridley, Payne, Scarbrough to enter NFL Draft

Alabama's Ridley, Payne, Scarbrough to enter NFL Draft

Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley will forego his senior year and enter the 2018 National Football League draft, he announced on Twitter. Coach Saban, thank you for building winning football teams by turning good players into great ones, and talented boys into successful men with a objective.

Ridley also had 19 career touchdowns.

Ridley's 7-yard touchdown catch with 3:49 left tied the title game against Georgia and Alabama won 26-23 in overtime. I have a lifetime of unforgettable memories and friendships that shall endure forever. His 224 career catches were second only to Amari Cooper in Alabama program history.

With Ridley off to the NFL, Alabama will turn to a talented crop of freshman, including Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, who caught the game-winning touchdown against Georgia. WalterFootball.com ranks is the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2018 draft class. Many draft experts, including ESPN's Mel Kiper, project Ridley as a first-round selection.

Alabama is losing a number of big players from its national championship team, but running back Damien Harris is reportedly set to give the Crimson Tide some good news.

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In Saban's 11-year tenure, no more than five Crimson Tide juniors have ever declared for the NFL Draft in one season.

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