With the 2015 NFL Draft upon us, writers from WVUPros and BlueGoldSports.com will team up and give you our predictions on where some of your favorite Mountaineers might land. Today, we examine DE Shaq Riddick and where he might land in the draft.
Many considered Riddick to be West Virginia’s top prospect heading into the last season before he ever played a snap.Riddick played one season at WVU after transferring in from Gardner-Webb. After a slow start to the season, Riddick came on late in the season, showing the speed and motor that led some to compare him to former Mountaineer, now Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin.
At almost 6-6, 231 lbs., Riddick needs to add some bulk, particularly in his lower body to fight off would-be blockers when plays are run in his direction. He had a great showing at the Medal of Honor Bowl, logging two sacks in his last collegiate action.
Caleb Wygal, WVUPros
6th Round, 198 overall – Arizona Cardinals
One of the Cards' biggest remaining draft needs is at defensive end. The Cards have shown interest in Riddick, and he could wind up playing in the desert.
Jerry McGhee, BlueGoldSports.com
Riddick is a player with a high motor, but never reached his full potential at WVU. If a team takes a chance, it will be after the draft, and then Riddick will have the opportunity to showcase his ability in training camp. Carolina may be a landing spot after the draft.
Jeremy Simon, BlueGoldSports.com
6th round, 187 overall – New Orleans Saints
Riddick is low off the line and has a burst that makes him much like Bruce Irvin. While he has to work on his size he could enter the league as a pass rusher. The Saints will be looking to stack up on defense in the draft and Riddick could fit into their plans in the later rounds.
Adam DelGuercio, WVUPros
Riddick is a long and lean situational pass rusher. I’ve heard him referred to as a poor man’s Randy Gregory. Look for a team in the midst of a defensive rebuild to grab him as an undrafted free agent. My prediction is the Atlanta Falcons.
— Jeremy Simon is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of BlueGoldSports.com, a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow BlueGoldSports.com on Twitter @Blue_GoldSports.