Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 105 (PHI)
Draft Profile: BioKelee Ringo attended Saguaro High School and was rated a 5-star prospect by 247 Sports, Rivals, and ESPN. Was also the number 1 corner prospect in the nation. Following high school, Ringo opted to join Georgia after being heavily recruited by more than 25 big schools.
In 2020 Ringo redshirted the entire year after undergoing surgery to a torn labrum. As a redshirt freshman in 2021 Ringo saw action in 15 games and played a total of 797 snaps at cornerback for the Bulldogs. He recorded 31 tackles, 7 assists, while adding 8 stops. In coverage, Ringo notched up 4 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and an impressive QB rating when targetted of 63.2.
As a sophomore in 2022 he played in 13 games and logged 710 snaps. He made 35 tackles, 2 assists, and had 9 stops. In coverage, he totaled 4 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and an impressive QB rating when targetted of 69.8 while lined up for the majority of the time as an outside corner.
Honors & awards2022
- Associated Press and Coaches' All-SEC Second Team
- First-team preseason All-America by the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Athlon Sports
- Named to the preseason watch lists for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top DB) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defender)
- Preseason All-SEC First Team, as voted by media attending SEC Media Days
- Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC Team
- Named to the watch list for the 4th annual Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation’s top freshman
- Had six tackles and a game-sealing 79-yard interception return for TD in CFP Championship Game vs. Alabama
- Five tackles, one pass breakup, and a QB hurry in win over Florida
- Started at DB for the victorious Red team in the annual G-Day game
- Named to the 2019 USA Today All-USA Preseason First Team Defense.
- World-class junior sprinter, with the top 100 meter (10.43) and 200 meter times (21.18) in the state of Arizona as a junior...won AIA Division III state titles in both of those events in 2019.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 6. He wrote: "Ringo’s combination of size and freakish explosiveness is reminiscent of another SEC Freak DB, Patrick Peterson. The 6-2, 215-pound Ringo, a World Class junior sprinter from Arizona who ran a 10.43 100- and 21.18 200-meter time, is a legitimate 4.3 40 guy and consistently clocks in the high-22 mph range on the GPS."
- At his best in man coverage, moving down to guard tight ends and some bigger slot receivers.
- Has explosive movement skills and the fluid athleticism and change-of-direction ability to come down and cover slot receivers.
- Great on route recognition and has click-and-close ability
- Strong tackler who plays run defense like a box safety, also has serious potential as a corner blitzer
- Gets an effective jam on the receiver and has loose enough hips to turn and run.
- He’s long and strong enough in his core to steer receivers to the sideline without getting grabby with his hands when playing inside technique.
- He’s also very good in zone coverage, showing a great understanding of routes and the ability to close quickly.
- With his length, athleticism, and natural ball skills, Ringo will be highly valued by press cover teams
- Can get up on the line of scrimmage and deliver a solid punch early in routes, then use that quickness to shadow, or back off and close quickly when the ball comes out
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Is often late to the receiver and doesn't show the instinct and timing required to turn his head at the right time
- Make too many stupid errors and is way too reliant on his speed and physical gifts to mask them
- Is often overly physical in coverage - he won't be able to get away with this sort of play in the NFL and go unpenalized
- Has had some issues developing a smooth back-peddle when playing off-man
- Lascks experience, has played just two years of college ball
- Sometimes is a little too confident in his abilities and takes unnecessary aggressive risks assuming his innate skills will bail him out
Scouting Report: SummaryRingo is a super athletic powerful and speedy classic outside corner who looks like he is chiseled out of stone. There is no doubting his potential which is elite, however, he's still a little raw and needs to develop and understand the nuances of the game especially while playing zone. Despite this Ringo is an outstanding prospect and will be even more in demand due to his skills as a man-to-man press corner.
Expect Ringo to be taken towards the end of day one of the 2023 NFL Draft.
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