2013 NFL Draft: The Detroit Lions Select Theo Riddick

Nov. 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Theo Riddick (6) carries the ball as Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Bryan Murray (93) attempts to tackle in the third quarter at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame won 21-6. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions

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