Photo of Curtis Riley
5.01 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 190LBS. Weight


Only played two seasons at Fresno State (2013-14). Prior to that he played at Mars Hill College (N.C.) and Fullerton College (Calif.).

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.5 and 4.49 seconds
Vertical jump: 38 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 9 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.29 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.76 seconds



Initial quickness to match receiver off line of scrimmage. Flashes man-cover skills short to intermediate. Alert in zone coverage. Captures and contains against outside releases and makes receiver work to get back inside. Competes when run comes his way. Disconnects from block and springs into legs of ball carrier. At his best when he's in press-man. Was part of the kick- and punt-coverage teams.


Has some hip tightness. Not an explosive accelerator. Gives up too much separation over the top. Can't turn and carry speed downfield. Doesn't use length to disrupt in press very often. Thin frame. Took disastrous run support angles from high to low, leading to two long touchdowns. Below average at locating and making a play on the ball. Instincts below average. Was benched during 2014 season for ineffectiveness.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"He can run okay and has man cover ability, but he has no clue about what he sees. He just doesn't really understand how to play the position yet." -- AFC area scout

Bottom Line

He's a man-cover cornerback with willingness to tackle and below-average instincts and awareness. Riley lacks the twitch to recover when beaten and his instincts aren't good enough to put him into position to make plays on the ball. Needs more film study and will likely need time on a practice squad to have a shot.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.