5 cornerback prospects that are great fits for the Colts
By Noah Compton
The 20-year-old cornerback is a reigning back-to-back National Champion with the Georgia Bulldogs. Kelee Ringo has been a mainstay for the Dawgs' defensive backfield during his time in Athens, GA, leading the back end of two formiddable defenses en route to historical success.
After an All-SEC Freshman nod for his freshman campaign in 2021 as a redshirt, Ringo remained the baller that he is with an All-SEC second-team spot for his efforts this past season. Ringo possesses great size, length, and speed. Where he struggles as an athlete is with the explosion and agility portions. Despite that, he has proved to be one of the best defensive backs in the entire draft class.
Ringo is a near perfect fit for a strong-side cornerback in DC Gus Bradley's scheme given he excels in zone coverage, and more specifically, as a cover 3 corner. His safety-like zone turns provide versatility as he can be moved all over the field for various pre-snap alignments.
Similarly to Cam Smith being available at pick 35, you would think the Indy brass would be pounding the table for Ringo here. With how much zone coverage is emphasized in Gus Bradley's scheme, chances are Ballard and company values Ringo a touch higher than Smith. The Colts have done their due diligence with Ringo more so than Smith this offseason, formally meeting with him at the NFL Combine while also having Chief Personnel Executive, Morroco Brown, at his pro day.