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Latest ESPN mock draft has 4 Bulldogs landing in first round of 2023 NFL Draft

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edited February 2023 in Article commenting
imageLatest ESPN mock draft has 4 Bulldogs landing in first round of 2023 NFL Draft

With the Senior Bowl complete, a fresh round of mock drafts have dropped. ESPN’s Matt Miller released a two-round mock draft, sharing his thoughts on where the top players in this year’s draft cycle will land.

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  • Roman13Roman13 Posts: 26 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Ringo should have stayed another year, he was beaten a lot this year. Tackling was problematic at times. If he goes in second round it will be based on size , speed and how he test not on film from this year.

  • CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I've been puzzled that Darnell hasn't appeared higher in other mock drafts. With his size and skills, he seems tailor-made for a very special NFL TE.

  • 87dawg87dawg Posts: 362 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Yeah, I'm lost on the Ringo love. I just did not see the "world beater" DB that was being reported. He was regularly burned and when he wasn't, it was generally when he was in recovery mode or an under thrown pass. And as @Roman13 mentioned, his tackling was mediocre, at best. He got knocked down a lot and was prone to (attempted) arm tackling. He intercepted against bama in last year's championship but that was about it. Somehow that made him great but even that was an under thrown ball.

    He really should have stayed another year but I guess if you go in round 2 you're doing pretty good. I still don't understand it but if he does, good for him.

  • Gibroni88Gibroni88 Posts: 408 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited February 2023

    @Roman13

    If Ringo runs a sub 4.49 40 at the combine at his size and weight, he won’t be falling past pick number 40 of the second round.

    NO freaking way. If he goes sub 4.45 he’ll lock into a first round pick.

    Guaranteed. With his size and reps/profile, NFL teams will overlook his penchant for getting beat at times. He has just as many wins on tape/passes defensed at the highest level as he does losses, but nothing takes precedent over size and speed. Not at the NFL level at the defensive back position.

  • DallasDawgDallasDawg Posts: 1,258 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited February 2023

    I concur about Ringo. I said it all of the 2021 season that he always appeared a step slow or slightly out of position. A lot of balls that he supposedly "defended," were just poorly thrown balls or drops by the receiver. Then, when he got the Pick 6 against 'Bama in the NCG, it was Katy bar the door. He was above reproach. But those NFL coaches and analysts look past all the fan worship and get down to the nitty-gritty. And this is not to bash Kelee, but I just don't think he's a first-round pick. Maybe not even second-round.

    And I'll go so far as to say the same for Darnell Washington, at least not as a tight end. He doesn't run routes at all and I'm not sure that his hands are great. Now, if all he's going to have to do is block, then yeah, draft away. But if he's going to be expected to be an offensive skill position weapon, I just wouldn't go that high on him. But, of course, he WILL BE a first- or second-round pick because of his physical attributes. And you know what, more power to him. And Ringo. Get it while the getting is good and don't look back. Go Dawgs!

  • UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,660 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    KRingo will likely be a 2nd rd pick. Should he run a sub 4.5 40 he would move into the 1st rd. Big CB's are hard to find. CB may not be his best pro position. S may be his best pro position. BUT in some schemes Ringo can be an every down CB. There are a lot of BIG WR's in the NFL. Ringo matches up well with those guys.

    The NFL has a size template for each position. Questions about BJones's size (arm length) may cause him to drop to late in the 1st rd. Just like "short" arms dropped JSalyer to the 6th (?) rd last draft. Salyer graded out as 1 of the top LT's in the NFL last year.

    The questions about DWash focus on his injury history, conditioning (due to injuries)/weight and lack of agility/athleticism. Big guys with a history of leg/feet injuries are a red flag to GM's. May be seen as too big a risk for the 1st rd. TE is also not a premium 1st rd position unless you are a BB's or a Kyle Pitts receiving TE.

  • Gibroni88Gibroni88 Posts: 408 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @DallasDawg

    You are entitled to your opinion.


    With that being said, your take on Ringo and Big O is the most absurd and flaming hot take I’ve read in months.

    And for this site, that is truly saying something.

    Whatever you are basing your opinion on with those two players goes against general consensus on average draft position of 99.999999999% of mock drafts, not to mention the accolades and praise both of those players have earned in over 6+ years of Division I action total.

    ”Doesn’t run routes” and “aren’t sure his hands are great”? What are you even talking about?

    Are you just seeking attention with that post?

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,555 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Ringo's biggest problem is just ball awareness when covering man to man on the deep throws. Sometimes he never turns his head around to try to find the ball. Someone will say that's coachable, but, he's been coached prety hard already. Nevertheless his size and speed combination will be too tempting not to get chosen in the 2nd round.

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