LAFAYETTE — Boudin pairs nicely with cheese.
The Green Bay Packers selected former Louisiana-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday, making Ringo the first Ragin’ Cajuns player selected since Dwight Bentley and Ladarius Green were drafted in 2012.
Ringo said he was watching the draft on his couch when Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson called.
“It was a great feeling to get the call,” Ringo said. “(Thompson) asked me if I was ready. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’ Then he told me they were going to take me. That’s one of the best feelings that I could ever have. I’ve been waiting on that my whole life.”
Ringo watched the draft with his family in his Jackson, Mississippi, home. He felt the eyes on him while he was on the phone.
“They were all looking at me, and I just gave them the thumbs-up, and they just erupted,” Ringo said.
Ringo enjoyed a banner year in his final season with the Cajuns, finishing in the top 10 nationally in sacks (11.5, a school record) and tackles for loss (20.5). The Packers didn’t make it immediately clear what position Ringo would play, but he should get an idea soon. The Packers align in a 3-4 defensive front, and he could work in as a defensive end.
“I’m not sure,” Ringo said. “They say they have a guy that I resemble, (defensive end Mike) Daniels. I’m assuming that whatever he plays, that’s what I’ll play also.”
He said he’ll make his way to Green Bay next Thursday.
Ringo was the only Cajuns player drafted, but a number of his teammates landed undrafted free agent deals. Running back Alonzo Harris will join Ringo in Green Bay. Defensive lineman Justin Hamilton agreed to terms with Buffalo, and offensive lineman Daniel Quave signed with Dallas.