Eagles Send 7th-Round Pick to Indy for DT Hassan Ridgeway
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles traded their final scheduled selection in the NFL Draft, No. 246 overall, to the Indianapolis Colts for a big-bodied presence on the interior of their defense.
Hassan Ridgway, a fourth-round pick out of Texas in 2016, moves from the Colts to Philadelphia where he will join a defensive tackle rotation headlined by Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan.
In three seasons in Indy, Ridgeway, 24, played in 34 games, starting six, and amassed 41 total tackles (six for loss), 4 1/2 sacks and one pass defensed.
Last season, Ridgeway appeared in five games and had six tackles (one for a loss), and he also had three tackles (one for a loss) and a half-sack in the Colts’ two postseason games.
Indianapolis ended up taking Ole Miss interior offensive lineman Javon Patterson with No. 246.
"We've been talking, obviously we all have a great relationship with the Colts organization, and their head coach [ex-Eagles OC Frank Reich] and their general manager and their scouting staff," Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman said. "He's a guy that we've been talking about for a long time with them. It just came at the end of the seventh round, and we had been talking about trying to find a fit, and they had kind of a player they wanted, and we're continuing to look for guys who can help us up front, and we think this guy fits our scheme.
"We think he's got a chance to develop into a good player for us. He's young. He's 24 years old. We have guys on our staff that were in Indy and drafted him. We have guys that were with him in Indianapolis. We feel we know the player. He's still young, so it gives him an opportunity to come here and get a second chance. We're excited about that move."
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