Theo Riddick did a little bit of everything in his four seasons at Notre Dame. Now it’s a matter of finding a niche in the National Football League as the former Fighting Irish slot receiver/running back hopes to land on a roster via this month’s NFL Draft or rookie free agency.
The Manville, N.J., product’s toughness was on full display in 2012, when he switched back to the offensive backfield and relied on more than just his speed and elusiveness to churn out 917 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Riddick routinely ran people over at just 200 pounds. He finished his Irish career with 1,169 yards on 244 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per take.
As a freshman in 2009, Riddick ran for 160 yards on 29 carries (5.5 average) before switching to the slot position for the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He caught 78 passes those two seasons for 850 yards and six touchdowns. In a hybrid role as a senior, he hauled in 36 passes for 370 yards and two scores.
At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this past February, Riddick was average to below average among the 33 running backs invited in the three drills in which he competed. His 4.68-second time in the 40-yard dash was 20th overall, and he finished 21st and 17th in the vertical (32 inches) and broad jump (118), respectively. Riddick put on four pounds between the combine and Notre Dame’s Pro Day on March 26, weighing in at 205 pounds. The chiseled playmaker trimmed his 40 time in South Bend (4.65). Similar to former teammate Cierre Wood, Riddick is expected to be a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent. He spoke with BGI after a morning and afternoon full of evaluations.
Pro Day Results
Arm: 29 inches
Hand: 9 1/8 inches
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.97
Bench Press: 14