Former Alabama, LSU CB Eli Ricks signing with NFL team after going undrafted
Former Alabama CB Eli Ricks has landed an NFL opportunity. Ricks is reportedly signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
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A former 5-star recruit, Ricks began his career at LSU in 2020. After 2 seasons, he transferred to Alabama. Ricks declared for the 2023 NFL Draft after his junior season. He had up to 2 remaining seasons of college eligibility.
Philadelphia is signing Alabama CB Eli Ricks as a UDFA
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— PFF College (@PFF_College) April 29, 2023
AL.com’s Mike Rodak points out that this time last year Ricks was projected as a potential top-10 draft pick by ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Here was Todd McShay’s way-too-early 2023 mock draft from May 2022:
1. CJ Stroud
2. Bryce Young
3. Will Anderson
4. Jaxon Smith-Njigba
5. Jalen Carter
6. Anthony Richardson
7. Jordan Addison
8. Will Levis
9. Tyler Van Dyke
10. Eli Ricks
Ricks remains on the board at pick 251.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) April 29, 2023
In his season with the Crimson Tide, Ricks played in 10 games, making 5 starts. He recorded 13 tackles, including a TFL, and 4 pass breakups in 2022.
It’s an uphill battle, but Ricks will have the chance to make an NFL roster after going undrafted. We’ll see how he does in camp with the Eagles.
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… anyone follow this a bit closer than this reporter? Any details of what transpired here?
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The word is Ricks had a hard time picking up Golding’s complex defensive system. It is why both of them are gone now. Should have stayed one more year. It cost him a lot of money. He may do well at Philly with good coaching.
The two-time reigning champion Georgia Bulldogs set two new records for the most players selected across two drafts (25) and three drafts (34)
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Let us know when Georgia break’s Bama’s record of 16 years in a row of having a 1st round draft pick. I did win a cup of coffee bet that Will Anderson would be drafted before Jaylen Carter. Too bad Kirby didn’t recruit Anderson from Hampton GA.
UGA obviously didn’t need Will Anderson. Too bad for him I guess.
No doubt it was too bad, poor Will would have had a few more rings at Georgia these past few years…and experienced a few less losses. But on the flip side he probably saw more starting time at Bama so it certainly was a self-exposure win.
Guess the doggies won’t need Haynes or Downs either even though Kirby tried so desperately to get them. Look for both to be high draft picks as well down the road.
You are a smart one, Donk. You got it all figured out. Figure out this…since the 2019 NFL Draft, Alabama has seen 46 of its players drafted. Kirby’s Dawgs have now celebrated 48 of their own picked during that same period. How is this even conceivable seeing that according to you Kirby keeps missing on the best talent around. Here’s a question for you, when a program sends more players to the NFL than Saban’s recruiting machine dynasty, is that program on the mountaintop? I would think so…but hey, keep on winning those recruiting and best TP roster titles
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He should have stayed at LSU. I fully expect him to make a roster though. He’s talented.
not so sure about that. deciding to stay at lsu didn’t seem to help boutte. could have a good debate as to who’s draft stock fell further: ricks or boutte. one decided to stay, while the other left.
at one point in time, both seemed like potential top 10 picks. some players tend to just fall off the map. it’s interesting though in that both torpedoed, while one chose to stay and the other chose to leave.
The one that left lost his starting job and wasn’t drafted at all. He would have stayed a starter at LSU. It’s about a lack of maturity with both of these guys. Grow up and work hard, and both will have nice careers. Otherwise, it’s on them.
Ricks wasn’t ever in “alignment” with Kelly’s program and was likely pointed to the exit ramp. Should have known that he was jumping out of the LSU “alignment” program and into the “alignment” fire at Bama though.
He got into some trouble that definitely affected his draft stock along with injuries
His brother/agent swore he was a first-round lock.