First-year starter who led LSU with 93 tackles, including nine for loss, and added 1.5 sacks and one interception. Made 51 tackles (one for loss) during his first three seasons with the Tigers as a reserve and special teamer.
Undersized run-and-chase linebacker who gets the most from his ability. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and plays bigger than his listed size. Sells out to make plays on the ball, sacrifices himself to make the tackle and plays with intensity. Quick to read and diagnose, fluid changing direction and displays a burst of speed getting to the action. Scrapes well laterally, covers a good amount of area and wraps up tackling. Gives effort and constantly works to make plays and be productive.
Displays average ball skills in coverage and does a bit of face-guarding. Easily slowed by blocks or gets caught up in the trash.
Riley has growth limitations but possesses the speed and mentality to fit a variety of defensive schemes in addition to lining up on special teams.