The Denver Broncos are showing serious interest in line backer Derek Rivers. They previously interviewed the Youngstown State standout at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He’s been playing football since he was five. He started out as a CB/S and then moved over to LB. At Youngstown State, he played DE, but is moving back to LB. He said he likes playing linebacker better because it gives more choices. I could see him being moved to inside.
Rivers isn’t the sexy pick, but he could be a player in the right spot at the right time. He’s the good guy who changed his life by overcoming some adversity in his life. He told me his coach, Thomas Simms, is who he credits for having the most impact on him. He also mentioned that faith is his driving force.
His dad played at Virginia Tech, because of this, he liked Michael Vick growing up. He didn’t shy from saying it, either. A lot of guys, would. He’s a hard worker, has good technique (often lacking in smaller schools), doesn’t give up on plays and plays 100%. He’s also not afraid to tackle. He’s an athlete, who knows what he’s doing and why. Because of his weight, he may have reached his ceiling, but worth a serious look.
In his senior year at Youngstown State he had 58 Tackles and 14 sacks. Third-Team All-America selection by STATS, a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection for the second straight season. He also set the school career record for sacks during the year and through three seasons has 26.
His combine results were:
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