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Texas DT Ridgeway, a Mansfield grad, joins Colts in 4th round

Texas defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (98) celebrates a sack of BYU quarterback Taysom Hill in 2014.
Texas defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (98) celebrates a sack of BYU quarterback Taysom Hill in 2014. AP

Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, a Mansfield High School graduate, joined the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 116 pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft. Projected as a second-rounder before thee draft, Ridgeway went in the fourth after leaving school following his junior season.

He became the third different player from a Mansfield ISD school taken in the 2016 draft, joining Mansfield Legacy graduates Josh Doctson and Rees Odhiambo. Doctson, a former TCU receiver, joined the Washington Redskins in the first round. Odhiambo, who played at Boise State, went to Seattle in the third round.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay called Ridgeway a “second round talent” acquired by the Colts in the fourth round because of questions about his durability. He battled three different injuries last season.

“He could be a really good pick if they can get the most out of Ridgeway,” McShay said during Saturday’s telecast. “He’s big, thick, country strong.”

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