Chicago Bears: Pro comparisons for each 2019 draft pick

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Round 4 Pick 126

WR Riley Ridley

NFL Comparison: Calvin Ridley

In the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Riley Ridley. Ridley is a wide receiver that played his college football for the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bears saw fit to take him 126th overall, and see what he can bring to their offense.

With the defense as good as it was in 2018, it was clear that scoring more points would be a point of emphasis in this year’s draft. Going with a running back in the third round and then Ridley in the fourth round clearly shows a plan of giving quarterback Mitchell Trubisky some more help.

Riley is the brother of former Alabama receiver and current Atlanta Falcon Calvin Ridley. Ridley is having himself a pretty good career so far, and his brother Riley has a very similar skill set. It might sound obvious to say that the two brothers have similar skill sets but that isn’t always the case. These two truly do and it shows in their play — especially their route running. Both were known as some of the best route runners in their respective classes.

The two brothers played against each other in the 2018 College Football National Championship. It was an intensely close game that the Alabama Crimson Tide ended up winning. The brothers swapped jerseys after the game, showing true respect to each other.

In his rookie 2018 year, Calvin had 64 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. That isn’t bad for a rookie, especially one who plays on the same offense as one of the elite wideouts in the game in Julio Jones. If Riley can put up similar numbers in his rookie year, especially the ten touchdowns, the Bears will have made a great pick as they look to score more points.