With the 105th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Kelee Ringo, a defensive back out of Georgia.

Ringo is an absolute steal, as several mock drafts had him going in the second round prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.

Ringo has the skillset and the size at 6’2″ and 210 pounds to have an immediate impact in Philly. 

At Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ, Ringo was a five-star recruit and the number one-ranked cornerback of his recruitment class. Ringo received 33 college offers, including Power 5 programs like Texas, Alabama, and Oregon. 

Ringo ultimately decided to attend the University of Georgia. Under head coach Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs went 47-12 from the 2016 season through the 2019 season, Ringo’s senior year of high school. The Bulldogs also reached the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2018, falling just short in a 23-26 loss. 

Though, the impact Ringo hoped to bring with him to Georgia was not immediate. He was forced to redshirt his freshman season after tearing his labrum, and he needed surgery to repair it. This labrum tear was cause for concern for several teams in the 2023 Draft, hence Ringo’s drop to the fourth round. 

What remains impressive to the Eagles’ organization is the way Ringo rebounded from what some would view as a setback. Ringo tweeted out “Blessing in disguise” with a praying hands emoji after being made aware he would be out indefinitely for the 2020 college football season as a result of the surgery required to repair his torn labrum.

Watching his team come up short of playing in the 2020 College Football Playoff, Ringo worked as hard as possible to recover from his injury and return to playing the game he loves. Ringo did not just want to get back to playing football. He wanted to perform at a level that gave Georgia the best chance to win a national championship. 

In Ringo’s two seasons as a Bulldog following his redshirt freshman season, he picked off four passes, recorded seventy-six total tackles, and one sack. Ringo’s individual numbers are impressive and would be reason enough for any NFL team to select him. For the Eagles’ organization, though, even more, impressive are the two College Football Playoff National Championships Ringo won in his two years at Georgia.

In Georgia’s 2021 National Championship Game against Alabama, Ringo ran back the game-sealing, 79-yard pick-six off of Bryce Young, the Panthers’ first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The hope is Ringo can replicate similar showtime success with Philly this season. 

The championship-winning mindset ingrained within Ringo is something that cannot be taught. Instead, it is something the most elite athletes are born with, and these athletes cannot be satisfied unless they are winning at the highest level. This mindset is exactly what the Eagles will need to return to and hopefully win the Super Bowl this season. And Ringo will certainly have the opportunity to learn under Eagles’ DBs Darius Slay and James Bradberry, two of the best in the business with the very same mindset as Ringo. 

Despite the heavy anticipation that awaits Ringo’s rookie season, he remains the only Eagles’ rookie who has yet to sign a contract. Ringo is one of twenty-five draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft who has yet to sign with the team that drafted him. Should the Eagles be concerned about this? Well, not yet. The Eagles still have time to sign Ringo, but the clock is ticking.

A deal will likely get done in the coming weeks, but it is a rather curious development that one has yet to be made. In Philly, it’s RinGO time! Time to agree to a rookie contract with Ringo and put the constant questions to rest once and for all.

The Eagles have a Super Bowl to win this season, and it would be a shame if a failure to sign a fourth-round draft pick to a rookie deal were to stand in the way of that very mission.

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