Displays very average one-cut ability when asked to set up blocks or make a man miss. But, consistently allows his pad level to rise, exposes some of his frame and loses his balance quickly. Isn't the kind of fluid/shifty back who can make a man miss and quickly collect himself and get back up to speed quickly. He's consistently forced to gear down when trying to change directions and isn't a guy who is real gifted in tight/open quarters. Will get caught dancing at times trying to decipher information and needs a hole in front of him to be successful.
Displays slightly above-average patience when asked to set up blocks inside. However, doesn't have a great feel in tight quarters and isn't a guy who can consistently make defenders miss and create on his own. Needs the play to be blocked off correctly in order for him to be effective and because of that looks more like a reserve only. Has an average first step and can get up to speed quickly initially. However, has one gear to his game and isn't going to outpace many NFL defenders at the second level.
Wasn't asked to play on obvious passing situations. Isn't a real natural receiver out of the backfield and didn't seem real comfortable in blitz pick up either.
Impression: A very average downhill back who runs hard and low and has some natural power to his game. However, he isn't a guy who can consistently create on his own and lacks great feel inside picking his way through tight quarters. A reserve guy only."
Emerging as the Tigers' workhorse back in 2010, Ridley rushed for 1,147 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for an offense that featured little passing prowess to keep defenders out of the box.
Scouts like Ridley's toughness, burst, power and consistency. He scored at least one touchdown in 10 of 13 games in 2010. Scouts will also like the intangibles he provides. Despite starting only nine of his 39 career games for LSU, Ridley was voted a 2010 permanent team captain.
Given a third-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, Ridley could prove one of the best values of the 2011 draft for any team looking to add a physical presence in the backfield.
Positives: Ideal build for dishing out punishment as an interior runner. Attacks the line of scrimmage, showing an explosive burst to and through the hole. Runs with good forward lean and has the leg drive to bull through arm-tackles. Good vision and a deceptive burst to cutback against the grain in the secondary. Has enough speed for the stretch play and to gain yardage in chunks. Good size and strength as a pass blocker. Willing to face up the hard-charging linebacker and shows good timing, technique to cut the knees from edge blitzers. High effort player. Voted permanent team captain in 2010 despite entering the season with only two starts in 26 career games. Recorded 25 special teams tackles over his first two seasons.
Negatives: Only moderate speed, overall. Doesn't have the breakaway speed or elusiveness teams are looking for in a feature back. Has only one season of standout play -- entered 2010 with only 57 career carries for 272 yards and four TDs). Appears to have at least marginal hands, but was only used as a dump-off option in this offense and may lack the flexibility to make catches outside of his frame."
Positive: Strong interior ball carrier who is best running between the tackles. Displays power in his lower body, tough to bring down, and does not get tackled without a fight. Runs with a lot of strength, picks up yardage off initial contact, and is a dependable short-yardage runner. Runs with good lean, falls forward when tackled, and is an adequate receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Minimal skills trying to avoid piles or bouncing around the corner. Not quick cutting back against the grain and loses momentum changing direction. Possesses limited burst and quickness.
Analysis: Ridley is coming off a career season and looks to build off it after entering the draft. He possesses the size and strength to play for a power running offense but must prove he's more than just a one-dimensional, downhill ball carrier."
Negatives: Slow, struggles to get to the edge... Won't break big plays, only had one play go for over 30 yards in his entire collegiate career... Not creative in the open field, lacks elusiveness... Not explosive... Below average receiver out of the backfield... Knee injury in 2009... Low ceiling due to his lack of speed... Likely just a short yardage back who will be used in goal line situations."
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