The Detroit Lions make their seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft…
Who: Theo Riddick
What: Running Back
Where: Notre Dame
When: Round 6, Pick 31 (199 Overall, from 49ers through Ravens and Seahawks)
Why:The Lions top three backs are set in Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure, and Joique Bell. Think of Bell as Leshoure’s backup or replacement when Leshsoure need a break or isn’t getting it done. Both Leshoure and Bell are bigger backs that can punish defenders, whereas Reggie Bush is move of a “make you miss back” who will excel running between the tackles, in the screen game, and even as a slot receiver. Reddick brings a similar skill set and if he finds playing time it’ll be in a similar role as Bush, although he lacks the break away speed only running a 4.68 forty.
At Notre Dame Reddick accounted for 917 rushing yards for five touchdowns and 36 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns while splitting carries. He’s got solid hands, he’s a good route runner and he could even play in the slot if the Lions’ decided to use him like they would with Reggie Bush. I see him as an insurance policy to Reggie Bush. Great pick up and good fit.