Donnie Zelaya

The Bears Brawl Chief Editor and Senior Writer

Chicago Bears fans find themselves in unfamiliar territory these days. At the helm of the team stands a young, progressive, offensive-minded head coach who exudes confidence, charisma, and character on the sideline, in front of the media, and in the locker room when addressing the team. While valuing the old traditions and history of the franchise, Nagy has seamlessly revitalized the offensive approach never seen before in the city of Chicago. Along with Ryan Pace, he has assembled an offensive roster filled with dynamic weapons at every skill position. The latest name added to this list is Riley Ridley, WR, from the University of Georgia. What was once considered a rag-tag group as compared to the rest of the league, the Bears receiving group currently ranks amongst the best.

His numbers don’t scream WR1 but he will be an excellent complimentary receiver who can spell Anthony Miller or Taylor Gabriel and not experience any drop off. What he lacks in top end speed, he more than makes up for with his precision route running and physicality. Another facet of his game that stood out during his time at Georgia was his ultra competitive nature. Combined with his strong hands and long frame, Ridley excels in competing for jump balls at their high point. He attacks the ball and doesn’t wait for it come to him which is also a product of his route running prowess. In an offense like Nagy’s where timing is vital, Ridley should be able to step in and contribute immediately. Odds are that he will never dominate in the manner of a true WR1, but he will hold his own against any defensive back with questionable technique. Another high selling point for Ridley is the body control and sideline awareness he possesses which will only endear him more with the coaching staff and fans.

Pace went with the best player available for this pick and many have lauded him for selecting someone with Ridley’s talent in the fourth round. If he plays up to his ability, it looks as Ryan Pace may have struck gold yet again in the middle rounds of the draft. Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are about to put the NFL on notice that their 12-4 finish last year was no fluke and they have every intention of competing for the top seeds in the NFC for many a year to come.