The Eagles started Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft with energy, trading up before any team had made a selection. Minutes before the fourth round began, Philadelphia gave a 2024 third-round pick to the Texans in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round selection (No. 105 overall).
With it, the Eagles selected 6-foot-1, 207-pound cornerback Kelee Ringo from the University of Georgia.
"Man, I'm super excited just to have the opportunity to go to the Eagles overall. But man, it definitely makes it better to be with my past teammates at the University of Georgia," Ringo said. "Definitely our bonds are going to continue to grow like no other. Of course, it would be there if we were on different teams, but being in the same building as those guys and to learn the ropes from guys who have been there like Jordan Davis and Nakobe (Dean). Me, Jalen (Carter), and Nolan (Smith) are walking in there with open arms from the whole community and staff. Honestly, it's a great feeling and it's a great situation to be coming into as a rookie."
Here's what you need to know about Ringo before he joins the growing contingent of former Bulldogs in Philadelphia.
1. Ringo is the fifth pick from the University of Georgia in the last two years
Just like Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith, Ringo has two CFP National Championship rings. He started all 15 games for the Bulldogs in 2022, and in 2021, he played in all 15 games, starting 12. Below is a glimpse into his production through his two full seasons in Athens.
Games played: 30
Games started: 27
Solo tackles: 63
Total tackles: 76
Tackles for loss: 3
Interception yards: 124
Pass breakups: 15
Forced Fumbles: 1
Ringo redshirted in 2020, but when he finally took to the field in 2021, he quickly made an impact in the team's secondary, earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors following his first season.
2. He made one of the most memorable plays in recent Georgia Football history
And that's no exaggeration.
In 2021, the University of Georgia was in the midst of a 40-year drought without a title when they made it to the CFP final against Alabama, the defending champs.
The Bulldogs were up by just eight points when Ringo locked in on quarterback Bryce Young's short pass, intercepting it and then returning it for 79 yards and a touchdown with just over a minute left. His momentous play secured the team's first championship win since 1980.
3. Upon arrival in Athens, fans came through for his family
Ringo's mother, Tralee Hale, his self-titled "Momboss" and "Momager," was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, days after he arrived in Athens in June of that year. Georgia fans were quick to rally support for the freshman and his family, compiling over $50,000 to assist with medical expenses and treatment. Just over a year ago, Hale announced that she is cancer-free; she now advocates for breast cancer awareness and research on social media.
4. He has world-class speed
Ringo went to high school in Arizona, where he showcased world-class talent in two sports. Ringo was a champion sprinter; he had the top 100-meter (10.43) and 200-meter times (21.18) in the state of Arizona as a junior, winning the AIA Division III state titles in both of those events in 2019.
His skills translate well on the football field. In the 2023 NFL Combine, he ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash.
Off the track, he was a five-star football prospect, Top 10 overall recruit nationally, and top-ranked cornerback. He was a first-team All-American after compiling 32 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 13 rushing touchdowns.
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