NFL Draft 2023: Georgia TE Darnell Washington and DB Kelee Ringo declare after two title wins

Georgia defensive back Kelee Ringo and tight end Darnell Washington are both entering the NFL draft after winning two titles with the Bulldogs — and each is among the best at their positions

  • Two players from Georgia’s back-to-back titles have entered the NFL Draft
  • Tight end Darnell Washington and defenseman Kelee Ringo turn pro
  • Washington offers great size at his position at 6ft 7 and 270 pounds
  • Ringo had a key interception in Georgia’s 2022 title win over rival Alabama
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Two key players from Georgia’s back-to-back college football playoff titles have entered the NFL draft.

Massive tight end Darnell Washington and defenseman Kelee Ringo are both attending the April event after announcing their intentions on Instagram.

“My time in Athens has come to an end as I pursue my dreams of playing in the NFL,” the 6ft 7, 270lb Washington wrote.

“To my Bulldogs who have been in the hedges with me past and present, we have won in many areas but on the field we have earned the title of National Champion – twice,” Ringo wrote on Instagram. “We helped build something special and I’m grateful to have had you as a teammate.”

Darnell Washington (6ft 7, 270lbs) teamed with tight end Brock Bowers to give Georgia a dominant 1-2 hit in the often overlooked position. While he wasn't one of the team's biggest stars, he has the size to play in the NFL

Darnell Washington (6ft 7, 270lbs) teamed with tight end Brock Bowers to give Georgia a dominant 1-2 hit in the often overlooked position. While he wasn’t one of the team’s biggest stars, he has the size to play in the NFL

Kelee Ringo will be long remembered for a pick-six interception that sealed Georgia's first national title in 41 seasons with a 33-18 win over Alabama to cap out the 2021 season

Kelee Ringo will be long remembered for a pick-six interception that sealed Georgia’s first national title in 41 seasons with a 33-18 win over Alabama to cap out the 2021 season

Washington teamed up with tight end Brock Bowers to give Georgia a dominant 1-2 punch in the often-overlooked position. While he wasn’t one of the team’s biggest stars, he has the size to play in the NFL.

ESPN’s Todd McShay ranked Washington as the third best player in the position going into the April draft.

Ringo will be long remembered for a pick-six interception that sealed Georgia’s first national title in 41 seasons with a 33-18 win over Alabama to cap out the 2021 season.

McShay has ranked Ringo as No. 17 overall prospect and a likely first round pick.

Darnell Washington made his announcement on Instagram after winning two titles with UGa.

Darnell Washington made his announcement on Instagram after winning two titles with UGa.

The Bulldogs clinched back-to-back national titles Monday night with a 65-7 win over TCU.

A celebration is planned in Athens on Saturday with a parade through the city and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium.

Ringo had two interceptions, seven passes defended, one forced fumble and 42 tackles last season.

Another Georgia tight end, the sparingly used Ryland Goede, tweeted that he would be entering the transfer portal. Two other reserve tightends, Arik Gilbert and Brett Seither, had previously announced they were planning a move.

The Bulldogs are still well-occupied at that position as Bowers is set to return for his third season and former top recruit Oscar Delp has had a promising freshman campaign.

Ringo is expected by many to be the first choice having won two national titles

Ringo is expected by many to be the first choice having won two national titles

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