WITH THE 26TH PICK IN THE 2023 NFL DRAFT THE DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT:
One of the most interesting prospects in this years draft, Kelee Ringo can be seen on various big boards ranging from top 15 to just cracking the top 50. Meaning some will see the Dallas Cowboys getting great value, while others believe they may have left better players on the board.
No matter, the Dallas Cowboys make their selection and he makes perfect sense.
Kelee Ringo measures at 6’2″ 205lbs and is widely regarded as one of the best athletes coming into the league. Perfect for the Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn.
As mentioned, Ringo’s draft stock is a bit all over the place and usually college awards don’t always tell the story, but in this case they may give us some insight as to why.
Kelee Ringo came into the season with high expectations. He was an AP Preseason 1st team All-America selection, as well as a 1st team selection by Walter Camp Football. He was on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe award given to the nations top DB and Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nations top defender. And finally, a Preseason All-SEC 1st team selection.
By seasons end, he took home All-SEC 2nd team honors. Which is still a wonderful achievement, but the expectations were simply higher going into the season.
Nonetheless, Kelee Ringo is a top tier talent and can play nearly any defensive back position whether it be as a true outside corner or as a big slot. His long arms and ability to play in man or zone give Quinn and the Cowboys just what they needed to complete the secondary.