Friday, April 29, 2011
Rapid reaction: Stevan Ridley
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected LSU running back Stevan Ridley with their initial third-round pick (73rd overall). This fills out their offensive backfield and likely means that veterans Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk -- all free agents -- are longer shots to return.
The Patriots obviously liked the depth of this year's running back crop, selecting Shane Vereen in the second round (56th) and Ridley (73rd) in the third round. They complement each other well -- Vereen is an all-around back who catches the ball well and comes from a pro-style offense, while Ridley is a power back at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds.