NFL Draft: Eagles trade up to No. 105 overall, select Georgia CB Kelee Ringo
IT’S A BULLDOG REUNION IN PHILLY.
The Eagles started the fourth round with a bang, trading a 2024 third-round pick to Houston to move up to No. 105 overall. With the pick, Philadelphia selected yet another Georgia Bulldog, CB Kelee Ringo.
Good things come in threes— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 29, 2023
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Ringo, who posted a blazing 4.36 time at the NFL Combine, was projected as a potential first-round pick, but his 2022 tape caused him to slide.
While inconsistent in coverage at times (he allowed 13 receptions of 15+ yards last season), Ringo has the prototypical build of an outside corner. At 6-2, 210 pounds, Ringo clocked an approximate speed of 23.5 MPH during one of his pre-draft workouts.
In comparison, the fastest ball carrier in the NFL this season was 22 MPH. With the luxury of not having to start right away, Ringo can study behind Pro Bowl corners Darius Slay and James Bradberry and develop at his own pace.
“Ringo is one of the more athletically gifted outside cornerback. He is rarely beaten in a vertical foot race down the field in coverage. He carries vertical route concepts well and remains in phase to force tight window/risky throws by the quarterback. His speed in a straight line is hard to overcome.
He has tremendous recovery speed to sell trail technique and undercut passes to force PBUs. Ringo has good ball skills when he locates and makes a play on the ball in flight. On his interceptions this season, he displayed reliable hands paired with his leaping ability to high-point the pass. When he is patient in bump-n-run coverage, he can cap routes quickly with disruptive punches.
If he can begin to get his head around quicker, I can see his pass break-ups and ball production improving. Ringo looks to be a day-one starter that can protect deep thirds and funnel routes underneath and to the strength of the coverage. Only a two-year starter, he can improve the technical aspects of his game.” — The Draft Network
Ringo now joins former Georgia teammates Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, Jordan Davis, and Nakobe Dean on Philadelphia’s defense. This marks the first time in the common draft era that Philly has selected three players from a single school.
When @KeleeRingo sealed @GeorgiaFootball's National Championship with a pick-6 🔥@Eagles loading up on defense.— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2023
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