After a season in which the Lions did not have a change-of-pace running back, it appears they now have two. After signing running back Reggie Bush in free agency, the Lions selected Theo Riddick with the “Tom Brady pick” going with the 199th pick.
Riddick is a very intriguing prospect. He played in the slot, running back and returned kicks for a Notre Dame team that reached the National Championship game. Although he didn’t run the forty-time he would’ve liked, his quickness remains his best asset.
Last year, Riddick had 90 carries for 917 yards and five touchdowns, while catching 36 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns.
Bleacher Reports Sigmund Bloom had this to say.
Riddick’s biggest strength is his versatility. He was used as a slot receiver his sophomore and junior years, and his career receiving yards are better than his rushing numbers (1,263 vs. 1,169). As a wideout, he has developed great hands and can be used in both roles.
He is not a running back that goes down on the first hit, as he is able to stay upright, and his toughness should translate well to the NFL. His quick feet provide great acceleration and he shows the ability to run past the first batch of defenders.
Beyond that, Riddick has the ability to stop on a dime and change course when needed. He may not be an open-field runner, but if a safety is closing in on him he can easily get past him.
Riddick will come to Detroit, where he will likely transition to wide receiver for the Lions.