4 prospects the Commanders could target with trade-down from No. 16

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Commanders could draft Kelee Ringo

  • Cornerback | Georgia Bulldogs

As stated previously, the Washington Commanders need help at the cornerback position. Their current starting trio of Kendall Fuller, Benjamin St-Juste, and the recently acquired Cameron Dantzler Sr. have potential, but a true shutdown presence is needed to get this talented defense into the elite category under Jack Del Rio.

There’s going to be a run on cornerbacks at some stage in the first round. What’s important for the Commanders is identifying when this takes place and if a potential trade-down would jeopardize their hopes of landing one of the premier talents from a top-heavy class.

One player that could be a high commodity when the draft arrives is Kelee Ringo. Once touted as a potential top-10 pick, his stock dropped slightly last season despite playing his part in yet another national championship for the Georgia Bulldogs, which does seem strange given his athletic profile and scope to make an immediate impact.

Ringo’s physicality and size can be used in multiple ways. He has no trouble getting receivers off their routes in press coverage and was even tasked with covering the better college tight ends from the slot when the situation dictated over the last two seasons.

There is a feast or famine approach to Ringo’s game currently. More discipline should arrive with legitimate NFL coaching and game-day experience, so this is a prospect that should be on Washington’s shortlist regardless of whether they trade down or not.

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