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Perry Riley (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    239 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    LSU
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Washington Redskins
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 5 (103)
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Pick Analysis: The Redskins pick up a stout linebacker in Perry Riley to add depth to their linebacker corps. As an instinctive player with good awareness, Riley gives Jim Haslett a versatile player to line at one of the inside linebacker spots in their new 3-4.

Overview

Riley has been a productive linebacker for LSU over the past two seasons. He has adequate size and athleticism for the position with better straight-line speed than change-of-direction and burst in space. Leverages the ball well with good run fits inside-out to the pile. He is a solid open-field tackler, keeping proper body positioning as well as wrapping up on contact. He has a feel for reading route progressions but lacks the agility and quickness to be effective in man coverage. Riley is a good football player with the size, strength and athleticism to develop at the next level, but he likely will only contribute on special teams in his rookie season.


Strengths

Riley is strongly built with enough height and good speed. Follows the ball carrier well and rarely over-pursues. Solid form tackler who wraps on contact. Has good instincts and can anticipate route progressions when dropping in pass coverage. Very productive and durable in the SEC.

Weaknesses

Lacks good lateral agility and burst which prevents him from being a true sideline-to-sideline player. Loses speed when he changes direction and struggles to keep up with receivers in man coverage. Does not display good ball skills due to a lack of body control and overall agility.

Grade

4.7

 
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