5-10/203 Michigan State
Pros: Is a nice north-south runner, but is effective running east to west because of his superior footwork. Does a good job avoiding the hit, but doesn't shy away from contact. Keeps his feet moving after contact. Shows nice burst and quickness that runs low with good balance. Has soft hands and a capable receiver. Decent in pass protection.
Cons: Not a burner and a threat to take it the distance every time he touches it. Lacks size and won't be a threat to break many tackles at the next level. Undersized as a blocker in pass protection. Durability might be a concern.
Overview: Extremely productive as a senior with 1,637 yards, 28 receptions, and 22 touchdowns. Was basically the entire Michigan State offense. Had 390 carries in 13 games, including 7 with 30 or more carries. Tore his right ACL as a senior in high school. Tore the same ACL as well as MCL as a sophomore in 2006. Battled through injuries as a senior, with a torn lateral meniscus in the same right knee. By now that right knee is probably just mush.
NFL Forecast: Ringer is probably going to be a third down back at the next level. Could he be a starter? Yes. But due to the issues of durability, I'm not sure I'd want him to. He's got good hands and is a capable runner that would be most effective in a smaller role than he had at MSU his final year. I think he'll be a productive pro if he can remain healthy. His knee injuries and this past season put a lot of wear on the tires, but if his carries and touches can be limited, he should be able to have a long NFL career. He'll work best in a zone scheme where he can use his vision and quickness on slants and stretch plays. But he has the skill set to work in most schemes. He's the type of player that you love having on your team because he's a hard worker. A little bit like Kevin Faulk in that way.
ATL Forecast: Ringer would be a good pickup by the Falcons, but his success here would depend on his health. He'd be a nice option as a third down back to eventually replace Norwood, but isn't the home run threat that Norwood is. He's more a patient type that gets by on his vision and patience than pure speed. Much more akin to Warrick Dunn in his prime in Atlanta. However, Ringer isn't likely to contribute much right away despite his more natural running skills than Norwood.
Value: Ringer would make a nice third round pick for a team because he's a great third down option.
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