A pair of former Tulane defensive backs are bound for Denver.
Cornerbacks Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon on Saturday were selected by the Denver Broncos in the fifth and seventh rounds of the NFL draft. Doss was the 164th pick, and Nixon was the 251st selection.
“As soon as my phone rang, I took a huge breath and it was a huge relief,” Doss said. “I didn’t have any idea. I never really spoke with them at all, so it was a huge surprise for me.”
Doss was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and the Walter Camp Foundation this past season and was a first-team All-Conference-USA member in 2013. He intercepted 15 passes and broke up another 20 in his three years for the Green Wave. In 2013, he led the nation in interception return yards with 187.
Nixon’s college career began at Memphis, and he spent his final two seasons with Tulane. The former Southern Lab standout recorded his first career interception and broke up a career-best four passes in 2014.
Broncos General Manager John Elway said one reason Nixon was selected is that he “runs really well.”
Northwestern State defensive tackle Deon Simon (Glen Oaks) was the sixth selection of the seventh round, 223rd overall, by the New York Jets. Simon missed the final five games of his senior season after spraining his MCL, but he performed well enough over his career to garner an invite to the combine. For his career, Simon collected 93 tackles, 14.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks.
“It’s a blessing,” Simon told NewYorkJets.com. “I’ve been waiting and waiting. I finally got a call and got my opportunity.”
Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Christian Ringo was the 34th selection in the sixth round, 210th overall, by the Green Bay Packers. For his career, Ringo recorded 32.5 tackles for loss and 37 sacks. In 2014, his 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks ranked seventh and 12th in the nation. He is the school’s all-time leader in sacks.
Ringo is the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first player selected since Dwight Bentley and Ladarius Green were selected in the third and fourth round of the 2012 draft.
“That’s what I’ve been waiting on my whole life,” Ringo said. “Just getting my name called.”
For his career, Ringo recorded 32.5 tackles for loss and 37 sacks. In 2014, his 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks ranked seventh and 12th in the nation. He tied Jeff Mitchell for the most sacks in school history.
Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson, a Franklinton native, was the 29th selection in the sixth round, 205th overall, by the Indianapolis Colts.