Biography: Two-year starter coming off a career senior season in which he totaled 92 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Also broke up five passes last year. Junior numbers included 60/7/1.5.
Positives: Hard-working linebacker prospect who plays bigger and faster than his size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, fluid moving laterally, and shows ability in pursuit. Smooth turning his hips to drop into coverage, gets depth on pass drops, and displays skill defending the pass. Remains disciplined with assignments and effectively makes plays in space. Fires up the field in run defense then wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Lacks classic size, easily blocked from the action or has tackles broken.
Analysis: Riley is a linebacker prospect on the rise and a defender who could effectively backup on the weak side for an NFL team. His average size/speed numbers will downgrade him on a number of draft boards, yet Riley has all the skills necessary to make a roster.
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