2017 NFL DRAFT

Cody Riggs, CB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 187 lbs.
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Player Overview

A four-star cornerback recruit out of high school, Riggs committed to Florida over Notre Dame, Georgia and Tennessee. He saw early playing time as a true freshman in 2010 (three starts), recording 18 tackles, three passes defended and one interception. He started 10 games in 2011 as a sophomore and finished with 31 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and two passes defended.

Riggs played in two games in 2012 before an injury ended his season, taking a medical redshirt. He transitioned to safety for the 2013 season and posted 51 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three passes defended. Riggs decided to transfer for academic reasons, enrolling at Notre Dame where he was eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. He started 11 games in 2014 for the Irish, finishing with 36 tackles, four passes defended and one interception. Riggs earned an invitation to the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

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STRENGTHS: Good play speed with short-area quickness and footwork...agile feet at the line of scrimmage to mirror and play hip-to-hip with the receiver...gathers himself well and redirects his momentum quickly...good diagnose skills to read the play and get into position, leaving his man to help in other areas...aggressive tackler and throws his body around.

Highly competitive and challenges at the catch point...makes plays on special teams coverages and has some make-you-miss ability as a punt returner...considered a hard worker who puts in the time...versatile experience, playing every position in the secondary and starting 36 games over his career between two schools...NFL bloodlines - father (Gerald) was a three-time Pro Bowl running back who had a 10-year NFL career; older brother (Gerald Jr.) was an undrafted running back out of Tennessee, spending most of his professional career in the CFL.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size for the position with below average height and arm length - tiny T-Rex hands...limited muscle mass on his frame with poor functional strength, struggling to disengage blocks...upright in his pedal with too many wasted, impatient movements...lack of length and lower body control shows in press...suspect finishing power and misses too many tackles, whiffing in space.

Needs to better time up his contact and improve his discipline in coverage, arriving too early with too many flags on resume...too content playing his man and doesn't consistently attempt to locate the ball...unreliable ballskills with only 13 passes defended and two interceptions in his career - also botched several punt returns...durability not a strength due to his size, missing the 2012 season with a fracture in his foot - missed two games as a senior (Nov. 2014) due to a stress reaction in that same foot.

In Our View: After four years in Gainesville, Riggs moved on to Notre Dame in 2014 to work towards his graduate degree in business management and immediately earned a starting job at cornerback, returning to his old position after playing at safety in 2013 for Florida. As an athlete, he has the movement skills and foot quickness needed for the next level, but he struggles to stay under control in coverage, leading to false steps and undisciplined mistakes.

Riggs played for four different defensive coordinators over his five years in college and lined up at every position in the secondary so he does offer versatility with the FBI (football intelligence) that is easy to spot. Although he can be unreliable as a tackler, he has enough skills to compete for a nickel job while playing special teams - worth a late round gamble.

--Dane Brugler

 
 
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02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE CORNERBACK SNUB: Cody Riggs, Notre Dame...After four seasons at Florida, Riggs was a graduate transfer for the Irish in 2014 and was the most consistent Notre Dame defensive back. He has the light footwork and toughness to fight for a nickel role as a rookie. Other non-invites: Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M), Imoan Claiborne (Northwestern State), Cam Thomas (Western Kentucky), Bernard Blake (Colorado State), Bryce Callahan (Rice), DeAnte Saunders (Tennessee State), Greg Henderson (Colorado), Merrill Noel (Wake Forest), Robertson Daniel (BYU), Tevin Mitchel (Arkansas), Raymon Taylor (Michigan), Nick Waisome (Florida State), Terell Floyd (Louisville). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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