Junior defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway has wrapped up his career with the Texas Longhorns early and is busy making the most of his shot in the NFL Draft. Above, Jane Slater of the Longhorn Network calls Ridgeway a "gentle giant" and asks about his performance at Pro Day back on March 23.
Ridgeway decided to skip his senior season in Austin in favor of the NFL. After playing in 36 games over his three seasons with the 'Horns, he's listed as the No. 14 DT prospect in the draft, according to Scouts Inc., and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2015. He finished last season with 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks despite playing through injuries.
"I got good feedback (during pro day)," Ridgeway says. "They said I performed really well during my workouts and in the drills that I did."
Ridgeway wanted to showcase his speed and strength to anyone with concerns.
Slater also asked how pro day differs from the NFL Combine.
"When your teammates are right there with you it's a different feel," Ridgeway says. In contrast, he described the combine as a bit stressful and chaotic because so much is happening at once.
Right now, Ridgeway is working out in between flying around to meet with different pro teams. He says last year's Oklahoma State game was his best performance. Ridgeway recorded a scoop and score during the contest that was nominated for the Piesman Trophy.
"I always love getting sacks, but when you're able to do something you like to do, get a sack and also score, that's the ice cream and cake," Ridgeway says.
Standing 6'3, 309 pounds, Ridgeway recorded a 32-inch vertical jump and a 5.02 40-yard dash during the combine. At pro day, he ran a 4.69 20-yard shuttle and a 7.33 three-cone drill.