Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of the 2023 NFL Draft Focus. In this series, we will look at the incoming prospects hoping their names will be heard on draft night. Be sure to check often as we will produce content until the event’s start.
Kelee Ringo is a cornerback prospect out of Arizona. He was a highly-touted recruit as he was named to the All-American Bowl as a senior. Rivals listed him as a five-star prospect and the second-best cornerback in his class. Nationally, he was ranked as the seventh overall prospect in the class of 2020. With powerhouse schools trying to recruit him, Kelee chose the University of Georgia.
Kelee had a rough start to his freshman year as he would redshirt due to an injury. He suffered a torn labrum and was out indefinitely. He would return in 2021 and be an impact player for the Georgia Bulldogs as they won the National Championship. Ringo recorded a sack and two interceptions, including a pick-6 against Alabama in the National Championship Game.
2022-2023 COLLEGE CAREER
There was a lot of concern with the NFL drafting so many players on the defensive side of Georgia after their title run. Ringo and the Bulldogs proved that wrong with another spectacular season that ended them winning another National Championship by over 50 points. He ended the year with a forced fumble and two interceptions.
His physical abilities are gifts. To be a corner at 6’2″, 215 lbs with world-class speed is unfair. He uses his athleticism to be explosive with his movements. He has good instincts and can recognize the route. His man coverage is when he’s at his best against bigger receivers and even tight ends.
His change of direction is a concern as he can be late to the wide receiver. He sometimes overuses his physicality and this leads to errors and penalties. He would have to calm down a bit to avoid penalties in the NFL.
PLAYER COMPARISON: Tyson Campbell
TEAMS WHO COULD DRAFT HIM
Now, Kelee’s name has been all over mock drafts pick-wise. The safest bet is that he goes in the late teens to the 20s. He has the physical tools and gifts that are rarely available in the free agency market. Getting him in the draft would be a big help to any team that takes him.