Believe it or not, Week 2 of the 2022 College Football season begins on Saturday and though the 2023 NFL Draft is a very long way away, it is never too early to start paying attention to some players who could be an eventual fit for our Detroit Lions.
That being said, here are 5 players Detroit Lions fans should keep an eye on during Week 2 of the 2022 college football season.
Today, we will focus on cornerbacks who have the potential to be selected early in the 2023 NFL Draft.
5 College prospects Detroit Lions fans should watch: Week 2
Kelee Ringo - Georgia
The best cornerbacks — the best of the best — check all the boxes. Size, speed, fluidity, physicality. It’s all there. You can’t always say that for every prospect, but you can say it for Kelee Ringo.
You want size? Ringo is a rocked-up 6’2″, 205 pounds, with visible length. You want speed? Ringo is a former track star with a 10.43 100-meter dash to his name. How about fluidity? Fire up Ringo’s tape and watch him throttle down effortlessly and stay in phase with uncanny consistency against receivers at least two inches shorter.
Ringo can still refine his technique and improve as a playmaker at the catch point, but he has all the physical tools to be this year’s CB1 and a matchup nightmare at the next level. -Pro Football Network
Cam Smith - South Carolina
One could argue that Smith doesn’t have a quantifiably elite trait. He has good size, but not an overwhelming frame. He’s most certainly explosive, fluid, and agile, but he doesn’t win on athletic traits alone.
Smith is also technically sound and disciplined at the line, and he’s visibly physical and tenacious in all phases. He’ll jar wide receivers at the line, disrupt at the catch point, and actively obstruct the catch process with his steely aggression. If you want a reliable all-around CB with that “dawg” mentality, Smith is that. -Pro Football Network
Emmanuel Forbes - Mississippi State
In his two years as a starter for the Bulldogs, Forbes has logged eight interceptions, 11 pass deflections, and three pick-sixes. His ability to generate game-changing plays with such consistency is impressive, and it speaks to the potential that he provides on the boundary. Forbes may be a bit lighter at 180 pounds, but he has a long 6’0″ frame and carries high-end explosiveness, twitch, fluidity, and agility within that frame. -Pro Football Network
Eli Ricks - Alabama
Eli Ricks no doubt has tremendous potential at the next level, and he’s a worthy early-round candidate. But as his 2021 tape showed, Ricks still has a ways to go before he’s close to the CB1 conversation.
With Ricks, you’re getting a CB potentially tailor-made for zone-heavy Cover 3 defenses. His long, overwhelming frame allows him to hawk on passes in space, and he has the explosiveness to quickly close downhill on routes and convert at the catch point.
All this being said, Ricks isn’t the most fluid at his size, and his man coverage technique still needs more refinement. Until we see how his transition at Alabama plays out, this is as far as we can take him up the board. -Pro Football Network
Tyrique Stevenson - Miami
At 6’0″, 214 pounds, with arms over 32″ long, Stevenson feels like he should be more than a boundary CB. Theoretically, you can move him around and mix and match with his physical traits.
On top of his size, Stevenson is extremely explosive and has enough fluidity and discipline to mirror receivers out of his stance. But in spite of his unique mold, Stevenson can lock down WRs near the sideline. He offers upside, both within and beyond his current sphere. -Pro Football Network
Nation, which prospects will you be watching closely as potential fits for our Detroit Lions?