Notre Dame Football: Kansas City Chiefs

Theo Riddick was all over the place at Notre Dame -- from the backfield to the receiving corps to cameos in both during his final college year, which culminated with a Discover BCS National Championship loss to Alabama.

He does not exactly fit the model blueprint of a typical NFL running back or receiver, not at 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds, and not with a reported 40-time in the 4.6-range. But he was a three-year starter and major contributor with the Irish, and his versatility has made him an intriguing prospect for many NFL teams as they ready for next week's draft.

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench breaks down the jack-of-all-trades in six different categories, using more than 1,000 words on an Insider post to look at Riddick's size-speed ratio, separation skills, ball skills, big-play ability, competitiveness and durability/intangibles.

The positives? Muench says Riddick is an underrated route-runner, has great body control, has solid vision in space and played a big role late in close wins.

The intangibles, in particular, stand out, with Muench comparing Riddick to Chiefs wideout Mardy Gilyard and Kansas City running back Dexter McCluster.

Riddick is a likely Day 3 draft pick, and Muench can see -- you guessed it -- the Vikings being interested in him during the late rounds, as Minnesota, which has 11 picks, is looking to add depth and versatility to its passing attack.

It's not like Riddick wouldn't have familiar company up North.

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A tip of the cap to IrishIllustrated's Tim Prister, our beat colleague and friend who retired this weekend from high school baseball coaching.

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Where's Messier when you need him?
Expect a little more purple and gold than usual on the Notre Dame campus this fall.

Robert Blanton became the latest in the Irish-to-Vikings pipeline Saturday, going to Minnesota in the fifth round (139th overall) one day after the franchise drafted the cornerback's teammate from Notre Dame's defensive backfield, Harrison Smith.

Minnesota now has five former Irish players on its roster: Blanton, Smith, Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson and John Sullivan.

Darius Fleming was drafted a round later (165th overall) by the 49ers, who made Fleming the first Notre Dame linebacker drafted since 2004, when the Saints took Courtney Watson. San Francisco had not drafted a Notre Dame player since taking Arnaz Battle in the sixth round in 2003.

Several former Irish players signed free-agent deals with NFL teams -- defensive end Ethan Johnson with the Chiefs, running back Jonas Gray with the Dolphins and offensive tackle Taylor Dever with the Cowboys. Guard Trevor Robinson posted on Twitter on Sunday that he signed with the Bengals.

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Brian Kelly is expected to kick off spring with a news conference right around now. Check back here later for what he has to say.

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With a hat tip to Brian Bennett: Linksanity!

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