Chicago, IL (WAFB) - At least nine players with Louisiana ties were drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Dutchtown alum and former Alabama Landon Collins kicked off the second day of the draft when he was drafted by the Giants with the first pick of the second round.
Other players who were drafted are listed below:
Deon Simon (NT, Northwestern St.)
Simon was drafted by the New York Jets with the 6th pick (223th overall) in seventh round.
The 6-foot-4, 321-pound Glen Oaks alum is coming off a knee injury. Simon missed the last 5 games of the 2014 after being hurt during the game against Sam Houston State.
In 2013, Simon had 42 tackles, including seven for loss. He had a personal-best eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in the game against Central Arkansas.
He is the 34th Demon to ever be drafted. He is only one of two Southland players drafted this year.
Lorenzo Doss (CB, Tulane)
Doss was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 28th pick (164th overall) in the fifth round.
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound junior started 34 of his 37 games at Tulane. In his career there, he had 126 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 20 pass break-ups, 2 fumble recoveries and 15 interceptions which including two that were returned for touchdowns.
He shares Tulane's career record in interceptions returned for touchdowns and is ranked first in interception return yards and second in interceptions.
Doss also was on the Tulane track and field team. He is the first Tulane player to drafted by the Broncos since QB Steve Foley was selected 199th overall in the eight round of the 1975 draft.
Doss' brother, Lee, played football at Southern University.
Taurean Nixon (DB, Tulane)
Nixon was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 34th pick (251st overall) in the seventh round.
The 6-foot, 183-pound Southern Lab alum also played two years at University of Memphis before transferring to Tulane. He also was on the Tulane track and field team in 2014
Nixon had a total 92 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups and one interception in his college career. He also returned four kickoffs for a total of 53 yards on special teams.
Christian Ringo (DE, UL-Lafayette)
Ringo was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the 34th pick (210th overall) in the sixth round.
The 6-foot-1, 277-pound Jackson, Miss. native ranked 12th nationally with 11.5 sacks and 7th nationally with 20 tackles for loss. He had 45 tackles total in his college career.
In 2014, Ringo was named LSWA Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Sun Belt.
He had a sack in the final minute of the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Nevada to set a single-season school record with 11.5 and tie the career record with 21.
Ringo is the first ULL player drafted since Dwight Bentley and Ladarius Green were selected by Detroit and San Diego in 2012.