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New Orleans Saints: 5 Late-Round Gems to Consider at NFL Draft

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Oct 4, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart (2) rushes the ball against West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Shaquille Riddick (4) during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1. Shaquille Riddick, DE, West Virginia

A nice, tall frame (6-foot-6, 242 pounds), speed and undeniable explosiveness off the snap make Shaquille Riddick a promising pass rusher for the NFL level.  He plays with a high motor, which is something Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis look for.

He has limited FBS experience after transferring from FCS level Gardner-Webb in 2014, which will affect his draft stock.  His thin build could use a little bulking and strength could use some work as well, but Riddick could wind up paying generously to a team willing to take a gamble.

Like linebackers, the New Orleans Saints must continue stacking up on the defensive line.  Riddick would bring in immediate competition for playing time and he could also wind up being another late-round steal as possibly the best edge guy on the board in the fifth or sixth round.  His size and explosiveness are very promising for life at the next level.

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