Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez will decide out of the Ducks’ bowl sport and enter the 2023 NFL Draft, he introduced Sunday. Here’s what it’s worthwhile to know:
- Gonzalez has tallied 50 tackles, together with 35 solo tackles, for the Ducks this season.
- He ranks third within the Pac-12 in interceptions (4) and is tied ninth with Stanford’s Jonathan McGill and Colorado’s Nikko Reed for passes defended (seven).
— Gonzo (@chrisgonzo28) December 4, 2022
After a standout sophomore season with the Buffaloes, by which he led the group in go breakups and touchdowns saved, Gonzalez entered the switch portal and signed with coach Dan Lanning at Oregon for the 2022 season.
Speed and athleticism may be present in his roots. His father, Hector, performed faculty basketball at UTEP and professionally in Colombia; his older sisters, Melissa and Samantha, have been two-time All-Americans in observe and are members of the Colombia nationwide observe and subject group. (Melissa is married to David Blough, a former Purdue and Detroit Lions quarterback who’s at the moment on the Vikings’ observe squad.)
Gonzalez is lengthy, athletic and might run, which is a superb basis for a man-coverage nook within the NFL. There are areas of his sport that require additional maturing, however he does an amazing job retaining receivers inside arm’s size and protecting up airspace. — Brugler
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