If you didn’t turn on the draft at the start, because the Eagles didn’t pick until 188, you missed out on some fireworks. The Eagles traded next year’s 3rd round pick, to get Pick 105 this year. With that pick, they continued the Georgia to Philly connection, taking Cornerback Kelee Ringo.
Kelee Ringo was a guy many fans would have been happy with at pick 31. If the Eagles picked him within the 2nd round instead of trading him down, fans would have been ecstatic. And if it was with either of their nearly 3rd round picks, fans would have loved it even more. Instead, they get him with what cost them next year’s 3rd round pick. That should be a pick late in the 3rd next year.
That now makes 5 Georgia players drafted by the Eagles in the past two drafts. Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, and Ringo this year. Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean last year.
At 6 foot 2, and 207lbs, Kelee Ringo has elite size for a corner. But he is fast too. His 40 time was 4.36, the 4th fastest time among corners. He hauled in 2 interceptions this past year, to go with 7 deflections. In both of his past seasons, his passer rating against was under 70. All while taking part in an elite defense that helped carry the Bulldogs to 2 straight National Championships. It was his pick 6 that helped seal that first one.
Kelee Ringo was going in the late first to early 2nd round in most mock drafts. So why did he fall? Who knows. There are some knocks on him like there are on every player, but he still seemed well-regarded by most scouts. Maybe there is some medical red flags still from the Torn Labrum that made him miss his freshman season. But from the outside, there is no clear explanation for his fall all the way to the start of the 4th round.
The Eagles will take it though. Last year they landed fellow Bulldog Nakobe Dean because of a similar baffling fall in the draft. Ringo may not see a ton of playing time this year with an already crowded CB roon. But worst case he is stashed to develop behind Slay and Bradberry, who are both over 30.