Atlanta Falcons draft WR Calvin Ridley with the 26th pick

The Atlanta Falcons select former Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 26th overall in the NFL Draft

Back in 2011, the Atlanta Falcons gave up a bevy of picks to move up from No. 27 to No. 6 and select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, by all accounts the best wide receiver in the draft.

Former Alabama players Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 11, Miami Dolphins), Da'Ron Payne (No. 13, Washington Redskins) and Rashaan Evans (No. 22 Tennessee Titans) heard their names called earlier in the night.

But alas, that 18 still looks fresh, and Ridley will get to play his home games in Atlanta, where he won a bunch of games during his career. Auburn (2005) and LSU (2007) have also had four players selected in the first round.

One of the most accomplished receivers to hit the Capstone, Ridley led Alabama in catches each of the three seasons he played for the Crimson Tide. He finished second in UA history for receptions with 224 and receiving touchdowns (19) while ranking third in receiving yards with 2,781.

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Ridley earned first-team All-SEC honors from conference coaches last season.

Sarkisian, the Falcons' offensive coordinator, served in that same role for Alabama during the 2017 national championship game loss to Clemson.

That may be a point against him and there are other options on the roster, but few of them (if any) can match Ridley's game speed.

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