Seahawks CFP Championship targets: Numbers 4 and 3
No. 4- Kelee Ringo, CB UGA
My top cornerback going into this season, Ringo has had an up-and-down season. Last year, he was a part of the best defense college football has seen in years, getting the championship-clinching pick-six. This year, Ringo has been challenged, but continues to show top-corner potential.
At 6-2 205 lbs, Ringo fits the Seattle cornerback type. He’s tall, strong, lanky, and has the physicality and attitude you think of when you think of Seahawks DBs of old. While he’s been beaten a few more times than you’d like to have seen this year, he did get his fair share of wins against elite competition, playing really well against Hendon Hooker and Will Levis.
He may no longer be my number one DB, but he’s still a lock for the first round and should be heavily considered by the Seahawks with their second first-round pick. A potential Woolen/Ringo duo could be dominant and fix a ton of problems for the Seahawks’ defense. The skies would be far from safe for opposing offenses in Seattle.
No. 3- Quentin Johnston, WR TCU
With Kelee Ringo being potentially the top cornerback selected, he’ll have to face off in the national championship against easily the best wide receiver in the upcoming draft in TCU’s Quentin Johnston.
Johnston, at 6-4 195 lbs, has received numerous comparisons to Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald, and he showed it this season. Johnston, so far, has caught 59 passes for 1066 yards and 6 touchdowns, an average of 17 yards per reception. In a TCU offense that loves to run and has so many weapons, those impressive numbers don’t do justice to the type of weapon Johnston will be in the NFL.
In the Fiesta Bowl, Johnston showed why he’s worth a top-10 pick. The offensive MVP of the game, Johnston caught 6 passes for a whopping 163 yards and a massive score. Johnston showed his route running skills and size, catching multiple deep balls while showing a home run burst in his 76-yard touchdown catch and run in the 4th quarter. The play came on a 3rd and 4, when Duggan threw a two-yard out to Johnston, who made one man miss and then showed a burst in Glendale that Larry Fitzgerald would be proud of.
If Seattle decides to trade back from their Denver pick, this is a guy I’d look at taking. He’s a perfect #3 receiver in 2023 and is a natural successor as Tyler Lockett gets older.