The Philadelphia Eagles traded the No. 246 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, according to an official announcement from the team.
The Eagles acquired pick No. 246 from the Patriots earlier on Saturday after moving down from No. 163 to No. 167 to draft Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson. No. 246 was Philly’s last selection in this year’s draft so this means the Eagles are done picking.
So, who’s this Ridgeway guy? Well, he was originally selected by the Colts in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Ridgeway is a big dude; he measures in at 6-3, 317 pounds. He’s also still pretty young at only 24 years old.
Ridgeway has made six starts in 34 career games with the Colts. He’s logged 41 total tackles, 10 quarterback hits, and 4.5 sacks in that span.
Despite re-signing Timmy Jernigan, the Eagles still had a need at defensive tackle entering this year’s draft. The team didn’t end up selecting a player at the position but they were able to use a pick to acquire one in Ridgeway, who is set to play on the last year of his rookie deal.
The Eagles now have the following defensive tackles under contract: Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Timmy Jernigan, Hassan Ridgeway, Treyvon Hester, and Bruce Hector. Ridgeway will presumably compete for a backup spot in Philly’s DT rotation.
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Bottom Line: Ridgeway didn’t put together as productive and flashy a junior campaign as he did a sophomore season, but that was due partially to nagging injuries. You can watch snap after snap and clear losses to the blocker are hard to find. Ridgeway has a rare combination of power and athleticism that give him the potential to impact the game on all three downs. His talent could make him the most impactful defensive tackle to come out of this draft, but his floor is lower than some due to concerns over health and conditioning.
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