Derek Rivers was a three time, first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference defensive end. Read which NFL mock draft has him going in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
College: Youngstown State #11
Position: Defensive End
40 Time: 4.61
- 2016: Illinois State (4 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 sacks).
- Northern Iowa (3 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack).
- 2015: North Dakota State (4 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack).
- Played linebacker and tight end in high school. Also played basketball in high school.
- Three time, first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference.
- Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has him going in the first round currently to the Pittsburgh Steelers with pick number 30.
- Played defensive end during a transition year between high school and college at Fort Union Military Academy.
- Has prototype NFL size. Has a good motor that some NFL coach will be able to turn him into a productive NFL edge rusher.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Derek Rivers shows up on CBS’s Ryan Wilson’s NFL mock draft in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
Derek Rivers needs a lot of cards to fall in place for him to be drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Currently, he is the 15th defensive end on the NFL Draft Board.
So, three situations have to fall in place. One, Derek Rivers needs to move up the NFL Draft Board. Two, some of the other defensive ends need to slide down the NFL Draft Board. And three, some NFL team is going to have to see something in Derek Rivers to spend a first round draft choice on him.
But, there are always surprises on day one of the NFL draft. And Derek Rivers could be a day one surprise of the 2017 NFL draft.