Derek Rivers – 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Derek Rivers

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Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
DE Youngstown State 11 SR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'4 255 4.79 6'4 248 32 3/4 9 3/8

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.61 35 10'3 30 6.94 4.4

Overview:

Rivers had an amazing career at Youngstown State, as he appeared in 49 career games, he racked up 179 tackles, with a whopping 56.5 for loss, and 37.5 sacks. He has great height, is a sure fire tackler, has good speed, gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a great pass rusher. On the other hand, he is light, and some may say his production is a product of playing at Youngstown State. With that said, I view Rivers as a day 2 pick, going somewhere in the 2nd-round area, with a good chance of sneaking into the end of the 1st-round when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has great size from a height standpoint

A great pass rusher
Tackling machine

Sack machine

A sure fire tackler

Has good speed

Gets good pressure on the QB

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

Did a tremendous job of getting the backs and QB down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

A bit undersized in the weight department

Some could say his production is a product of the level of competition he faced at Youngstown State

Career Stats:

Games Played: 49

Tackles: 173

Tackles For Loss: 56.5

Sacks: 37.5

Pass Breakups: 1