Muench: Riddick can be a contributor

April, 17, 2013
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Theo Riddick was all over the place at Notre Dame -- from the backfield to the receiving corps to cameos in both during his final college year, which culminated with a Discover BCS National Championship loss to Alabama.

He does not exactly fit the model blueprint of a typical NFL running back or receiver, not at 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds, and not with a reported 40-time in the 4.6-range. But he was a three-year starter and major contributor with the Irish, and his versatility has made him an intriguing prospect for many NFL teams as they ready for next week's draft.

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench breaks down the jack-of-all-trades in six different categories, using more than 1,000 words on an Insider post to look at Riddick's size-speed ratio, separation skills, ball skills, big-play ability, competitiveness and durability/intangibles.

The positives? Muench says Riddick is an underrated route-runner, has great body control, has solid vision in space and played a big role late in close wins.

The intangibles, in particular, stand out, with Muench comparing Riddick to Chiefs wideout Mardy Gilyard and Kansas City running back Dexter McCluster.

Riddick is a likely Day 3 draft pick, and Muench can see -- you guessed it -- the Vikings being interested in him during the late rounds, as Minnesota, which has 11 picks, is looking to add depth and versatility to its passing attack.

It's not like Riddick wouldn't have familiar company up North.

Matt Fortuna | email

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