Sunday, October 23, 2016

BGS / WVU Pros NFL Draft Prediction: Shaq Riddick

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Shaq Riddick credit BGS

With the 2015 NFL Draft upon us, writers from WVUPros and BlueGoldSports 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 WVU’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 WVUPro 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 ran 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, – Undrafted: 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 signing day, then Riddick can showcase his ability. Carolina may be a landing spot after the draft.

Jeremy Simon, – 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 – Undrafted: 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 a free-agent. My prediction is the Atlanta Falcons.
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