2017 NFL DRAFT

Hassan Ridgeway, DT

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Mansfield, TX
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
79102-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.952.881.7124 329'5"4.828.28

Player Overview

Ridgeway was 250-pound edge rusher when he arrived in Austin, but developed into a 300-pound interior disruptor. He formed a dynamic duo with Malcolm Brown in 2014 with 11.0 tackles for loss and kept his strong play alive as a junior. Playing mostly one-technique in four-man fronts and outside as a five-technique when coach Charlie Strong went to 3-4 looks, Ridgeway produced 6.3 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2015.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Proportionate body mass with smooth body control. Powerfully-built and not an easy player to move, cut or get off his feet. Excellent initial momentum to barrel through arm bars and bully his way through the shoulders of blockers. Stacks and releases at the line of scrimmage with ferocious hands use to latch-and-pull. Controls the point of attack and doesn't allow blockers to dictate his path.

Very aware player and anticipates play designs due to his backfield vision and football aptitude. Versatile experience, seeing snaps at various techniques inside and outside on the defensive line. Plays with attitude and genuinely enjoys contact. Violent striker and finishes plays that he should.

WEAKNESSES: Not a rangy player and lacks a large radius of impact. Late through congestion and needs to put more thought into his shed and counter moves. Hung up by angle blocks and his hand technique is a work in progress. Fatigues and play will fall off. Needs to translate his talent into more production.

Conditioning was questioned by the Texas coaching staff and needs to better take care of himself. Myriad of minor injuries over his career and was routinely banged up, missing playing time as a junior due to several injuries.

IN OUR VIEW: Ridgeway has an impressive skill-set due to his power, athleticism and instincts, detaching himself from blocks and quickly finding the ball. He stays off the ground and isn't easily moved, keeping interior linemen busy and clogging up the middle, but still needs technique work. Although he moves well for his size and plays with purpose, Ridgeway won't be able to help a club in the tub and needs to stay healthy.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

 
 
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Player News
12/14/2015 - 2015 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Hassan Ridgeway (DL),...Malik Jefferson also was selected honorable mention All-Big 12 and was joined in that category by fellow freshmen CB Davante Davis, P Michael Dickson, CB Holton Hill, OG Patrick Vahe and OT Connor Williams, plus junior DT Hassan Ridgeway and seniors DT Desmond Jackson, KR/PR Daje Johnson and CB Duke Thomas. Ridgeway also missed the team's finale with an injury, however he led the team with two fumble recoveries while registering 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 6.5 TFL. - Texas Football
 

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