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Da Saturday Scout: Donovan Wilson, Safety, Texas A&M

| September 22nd, 2018

The Bears don’t pick until the third round. So spending time on the top prospects in next year’s NFL draft is a useless endeavor. Instead, over the next three months of Saturdays, this space will focus on prospects further down the line.


Donovan Wilson, S, Texas A&M

at (1) Alabama

3:30 PM ET, CBS


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In the News

You should read the entirety of Brent Zwerneman’s piece on Wilson in the Houston Chronicle. It is the profile of a kid who does and says the right things. Here’s an excerpt: 

Despite the injury, Wilson could have put his name in for the NFL draft as one of the Aggies’ top prospects, but instead he petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt, which he received.

“I felt like I had more work to do,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t finished yet. I didn’t get to play my senior year, and I had lot more to prove.”

Wilson already had proven plenty at A&M over his first few seasons, in leading the defense with five interceptions as a sophomore in 2015. He combined for 122 tackles over his sophomore and junior seasons, and now he’ll get another shot at a senior year under a new coaching staff.

“I’m just trusting the plan,” he said of playing a final season for coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Mike Elko. “I feel like everything happens for a reason.”


Notes

  • The Bears are now unlikely to sign Adrian Amos to a long-term deal due to Mack and Goldman receiving their money. And if Amos’ people insist on his being paid like one of the league’s best safeties, the Bears shouldn’t even consider it. Wilson will be available in the mid-rounds and Pace has had success there.
  • This Alabama team has the potential to be one of the best in college football history. Every NFL talent evaluator will put more weight in a prospect’s play against this group because there might be legitimately a dozen NFL starters on Nick Saban’s roster.
  • Wilson would have been selected in the 2018 draft if he didn’t suffer an injury in last season’s opener.

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Da Saturday Scout: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

| November 25th, 2017

Player: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Game: at Auburn (#6), 2:30 PM CT


Touchdown!


What They’re Saying

Albert Breer talks to a lot of scouts and projects Ridley 16th to the Baltimore Ravens. His explanation:

Baltimore’s still chasing some of its mistakes at receiver, so they take a guy who’s a pretty sure thing from a program they know well.

From Charlie Campbell at Walter Football:

In surveying sources from five teams, the most common name that came up as the top receiver was Ridley. The talented junior gets a lot of praise for his route-running, quickness, and generally having good hands. Ridley has 41 catches for 523 yards with two touchdowns on the season, but his production is held back by Alabama featuring its ground attack while using a running quarterback with passing limitations. Though Ridley is the top consensus wide out, he doesn’t come without some concerns as multiple sources say independently that his thin frame worries them for the NFL. He is listed at 190 pounds, but team sources say that he has weighed-in in the 180s. With that being one factor, some scouts have said they are grading Ridley as a late first-rounder. He could end up going high out of team need at his premium position, however.

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