Derek Rivers
Round 4
Quality Backup

Derek Rivers

Youngstown State
  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 248
  • 40-Yard: 4.61
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Dominated FCS level of competition. Plays hard. Very good pass rusher at that level. Can close coming off blocks. Sure tackler.

Weak Points

Level of competition. Marginal size to play on the edge in the NFL. Arms are a bit short (measured 323/8" at the Senior Bowl). Can get wired to run blocks at times. Gives ground to blockers at times.

The Way We See It

A very good FCS player but not nearly as good as Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) was last year. He doesn't have the strength or power Spence had. Rivers flashes some big-time plays, but you also see him being slow off blocks and giving ground in the run game. He can dominate some games but looks average in others. Will need to get bigger and stronger to compete at the NFL level. He has the frame to get bigger but the big question is how much bulk and power can he add without losing explosion and quickness? Has upside but will go through a period of development. I see him as a role player to start out.