Is stiff in the hips and really doesn't exhibit much of a first or second gear, plays at one speed and allows a lot of separation when asked to transition down the field. Doesn't possess the straight-line speed to make up for any kind of a false step and isn't real rangy in any area of the game. Is a willing tackler, but doesn't have a real physical frame and doesn't generate a ton a snap through his hips into contact.
Impression: A tall, high-cut kid who lacks ideal fluidity and range to hold up in an FNL secondary."
Positive: Large, aggressive safety who is best between the numbers. Quick up the field, drives his shoulders into ball carriers, and wraps up tackling. Takes good angles to the action, displays a sense of timing, and keeps the play in front of him. Forceful on the blitz and sells out moving up the field. Plays heads-up football and works well with cornerbacks.
Negative: Possesses a marginal burst of speed. Not quick or fluid pedaling in reverse. Struggles with his ball skills.
Analysis: Rich is an instinctive ballplayer with limited quickness and speed. He has the makings of a potential strong safety but is a player who must make his mark on special teams."
JUNIOR - (2009): All-MWC Second Team selection ... Academic All-MWC ... earned letterman honors as a junior ... started all 13 games at safety ... led the team in tackles with 85, 51 solo ... led the team with four interceptions for 91 yards ... recorded his first career sack against New Mexico ... forced two fumbles in the season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma ... named MWC Defensive Player of the Week following the Oklahoma game ... had 3.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups ... recovered a fumble in the Utah State game ... had a career-high 12 tackles against New Mexico.... (More)
SOPHOMORE - (2008): Earned letterman honors as a sophomore ... saw action in all 13 games, including three starts ... Academic All-MWC ... made his first career start against Colorado State ... totaled 26 tackles on the season, including 13 solo ... intercepted a potentially game-tying touchdown pass in the endzone as time expired against UNLV ... forced a fumble against SDSU ... recovered a fumble at Utah State ... also recorded one pass breakup on the season.... (More)
FRESHMAN - (2007): Snow College: Led Snow College with 120 tackles and five interceptions in 2007 ... earned first-team all-league and second-team All-America honors at safety as a true freshman ... helped lead the Badgers to the NJCAA National Championship game ... posted an 11-1 record during the season
A two-year letterwinner at Bonneville High School ... served as team captain ... earned defensive MVP honors ... a two-time all-region selection ... earned all-state honors ... also lettered in basketball for the Lakers ... maintained a 3.85 grade-point average in high school ... a member of the high honor roll.
Born in Ogden, Utah ... parents are Dan and Jodi Rich ... one of three children ... majoring in psychology ... served a church mission in Portland, Oregon (2004-2006) ... speaks Spanish ... father, Dan, played football at Weber State.
Strengths: Productive player who plays very well near the LOS, but has improved in pass defense. Is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Makes plays all over the field. Plays with great leverage and has good strength for a defensive back. Aggressive and attacks the ball well. Great in pursuit, taking good angles. Sheds blocks well. Quick in his reads and attacks the play in a hurry. Sits on routes well, as he is well read in what routes will be run in each situation. Is a presence over the middle, as he can deliver a big hit. Explosive hitter and tackler. Effective blitzer who can pressure the quarterback. Shown the ability to make plays on the ball.
Weaknesses: An adequate athlete, but Rich will struggle against slot receivers at the next level in man coverage. Not the most flexible hips in coverage, as he can be turned around on routes down the field. Lacks the burst and explosiveness to close on routes consistently. Will be beaten at times due to his aggressiveness. Goes for the big hit often and doesn't wrap up as a tackler.
Projection: Sixth or seventh round. Rich is an adequate enough athlete to stick at the NFL level as a backup defensive back and be an exceptional special teams player."