PFF scouting report: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas

Mike Renner and the PFF draft team break down the play of Texas' Hassan Ridgeway ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas


Below is the PFF draft profile for Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

3-technique

Stat to know:

Fifth-best pass-rushing productivity among defensive tackles in the class.

What he does best:

• Smooth-mover on the defensive line. Balance and flexibility is superb. Has a knack for contorting himself off of blocks versus both run and pass.

• Quick block-recognition in the run game. Fifth-best “win”-rate against the run of any interior player.

• Already understands attacking blockers instead of attacking ball-carriers.

• Does well to finish plays—not a single missed tackle as a redshirt junior.

Biggest concern:

• Such a limited sample size. Only played 51 percent (463 total) of Texas’ defensive snaps last year. Rumored to have conditioning issues.

• Gives ground to make plays too often. Always wants to be the guy tackling the running back instead of being gap-sure to let someone else clean it up.

• May be position-limited in the NFL. Didn’t have the same production when lining up over tackles in the Longhorns’ scheme as he did over guards..

Player comparison:

Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals. Peters had a rocky start before developing into a sound interior run-defender. Ridgeway may be similar in that he could have used another year in college to hone his craft, but he’ll eventually be a starter.

Bottom line:

There aren’t many flaws in Ridgeway’s game, but at the same time, he doesn’t have the top-end athletic traits that get teams excited.

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