2023 NFL Draft
As a Recruit
Christian Gonzalez was an On3 four-star recruit from The Colony (Texas) High School coming out of the 2020 recruiting class. Simpson was also ranked as the No. 311 recruit in the country, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. Gonzalez originally signed with Colorado, and he made an instant impact for the Buffs. Gonzalez started in all six games of the 2020 COVID-shortened season at cornerback. In 2021, Gonzalez started all 12 games for the Buffs, finished fifth on the team in tackles and earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors from conference coaches. Gonzalez transferred to Oregon for the 2022 season. He started Oregon’s first 12 games, before opting out of the Holiday Bowl and declaring for the NFL draft. Gonzalez led the Ducks with four interceptions, third-most in the Pac-12, and finished with 50 total tackles (35 solo) and one tackle for loss. He also totaled 118 return yards on four interceptions, the most by a Duck in a season since 2001. Gonzalez’s father, Hector, played college basketball at UTEP and went on to play semiprofessional basketball in Columbia. His older sisters, Melissa (Texas) and Samantha (Miami), ran track and field in college and were both all-Americans in the 400 hurdles and the 4x400 relay.