Defensive end Shaq Riddick only played one season at West Virginia, but the athletic edge rusher was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 158th overall selection during the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday.
Riddick joined Kevin White and Mark Glowinski as the Mountaineers who have heard their names called in the draft, and the Garder-Webb transfer will likely be playing outside linebacker at the next level. At 6-foot-6, 244 pounds, the Akron native has the ability to put on plenty of weight to continue to improve once he gets to the NFL. As a senior at WVU, Riddick had seven sacks and made 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage - including a breakout performance against Baylor in which he sacked Bryce Petty three times en route to leading West Virginia to an upset win over the Bears.
At the outside linebacker spot, the Cardinals have three others at the position as Riddick enters into the mix. He'll join Matt Shaughnessy, Alex Okafor and Lorenzo Alexander on the roster. Okafor, a former Texas Longhorn, had eight sacks a year ago. It's a place where, if Riddick can add some weight and continue to play with a high motor, he could work his way into the rotation and try to make an impact for the Cardinals.