Michigan State running back Javon Ringer will enter the 2009 NFL Draft after four seasons as a Spartan. Ringer rushed for 4,398 yards and 34 touchdowns during his time with Michigan State. His best season came as a senior, when he rushed for 1,637 yards and 22 touchdowns on 390 carries. He also caught 28 balls out of the backfield in 2008, resulting in 190 yards gained. Ringer led the nation in 2008 in rushing attempts and touchdowns, on his way to being named to the First-Team All-American roster.
- Sees the crease developing and hits the opening
- Inside-outside running skill set
- Respectable hands out of the backfield
- Able to handle large load and be a focal point of an offense
- Great character - outstanding intangibles
- Undersized at 5-foot-9 1/8, 205 pounds
- Lacks big-time explosiveness and top-end speed (4.50 and 4.51 40-yard dash times at his March 18 Pro Day)
- Poor blocker in the passing game
- Doesn't hit the hole effectively with regularity
- Long-term durability concerns
Expected draft placement
Due to his lack of size or big-play ability, Ringer is likely to be selected in the third round, but he could slide into the fourth. Ringer reminds us of former NFL do-all back Priest Holmes to a degree. They share similar builds and running styles, but Holmes was infinitely superior catching the ball in comparison.
The Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers have all had Ringer work out for them. The Seattle Seahawks have also shown interest, but any number of teams could make a play for him at that stage of the draft.
About Zach Sanders
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