2023 NFL Draft: Possible top-10 Georgia CB Kelee Ringo says after leading Bulldogs to CFP titles

2023 NFL Draft: Possible top-10 Georgia CB Kelee Ringo says after leading Bulldogs to CFP titles

2023 NFL Draft: Possible top-10 Georgia CB Kelee Ringo says after leading Bulldogs to CFP titles

Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo announced Thursday that he is declaring himself for the NFL Draft after a remarkable second redshirt season with the Bulldogs. Ringo earned second-team All-SEC honors while helping anchor the Bulldogs secondary as the program won its second consecutive national title.

“When I arrived in Athens on my first visit, I knew I was home,” Ringo wrote in a social media post. “You have welcomed me with your southern hospitality that most people in the world would not understand. During my three years as a student athlete, I have acquired many memories, experiences and, above all, an incredible education.”

Ringo missed his true freshman season in 2020 while recovering from surgery, but began to live up to his five-star prospect billing as a sophomore in 2021 when he entered in the starting lineup at the start of the season and became a key cog for a dominant unit. As one of the few returning starters for Georgia’s defense in 2022, Ringo has been instrumental for the unit. He finished the season with 42 tackles and two interceptions

On the field, many will remember Ringo’s interception return for a touchdown that helped seal the Bulldogs’ national title win over Alabama last season. Off the court, Ringo’s story resonated nationally during his time in Georgia as his mother battled breast cancer. Ringo became a fundraiser in the fight against the disease.

“You have all been with me through the ups and downs,” Ringo wrote. “And as a God-fearing man, I am so grateful for your continued prayers, support and thoughts regarding breast cancer awareness, especially the support around my mother Traelee Hale – she is my rock.”

Kelee Ringo’s NFL Draft Stock

Ringo is ranked 10th overall player and top cornerback in the 2023 CBS Sports NFL Draft Prospect Rankings. CBS NFL Draft experts Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and Josh Edwards each ranked Ringo as a first-round pick in their last fictional drafts. Wilson is the highest on Ringo, projecting him as the No. 16 pick overall for Washington’s commanders.

“Georgia’s first-round pipeline continues,” Wilson wrote. “A year after five Bulldogs entered the first round, expect a handful this time around as well. Kelee Ringo is a long, physical corner who has faced some of the best players in the country.”

Impact on Georgia

Redshirt freshman Nyland Green was seeded behind Ringo on Georgia’s depth chart for the program’s College Football Playoff National Championship game win over TCU. A former five-star prospect in the Class of 2021, Green could be in line for a bigger role next season after appearing in 11 contests during the 2022 season.

If not Green, the Bulldogs should have several other capable options at Ringo’s vacancy. Former five-star prospect Daylen Everette played primarily as a reserve during his true freshman campaign and could also be in line for a starring role next season.

Another highly touted Georgia secondary is leaving though, as Jaheim Singletary plans to enter the transfer portal, according to Dawgs247. Singletary played three games in his true freshman season in 2022 after entering as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2022.

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