The Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need secondary help either in free agency or the 2016 NFL Draft and there may be no better fit for the team than Florida State cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey…if he gets to them at fifth overall.
Jalen Ramsey has been on the radar for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the build up to the 2016 NFL Draft, but he’s also undoubtedly on other team’s radars as well. Ramsey is a rather unique talent in the 2016 draft with skills that would make him a strong addition to even the best defenses in the NFL.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys are set to pick directly before them at fourth overall. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just told Gil Brandt that he isn’t going to take a quarterback in the first round, which means Dallas will likely be looking at a defensive end or defensive back to bolster their defense.
If Joey Bosa falls to fourth overall, the Cowboys could end up taking him. Bosa is arguably the best player in the 2016 draft class and would instantly help their defensive line.
If Bosa isn’t available and the Cowboys have a chance to take Jalen Ramsey still, though, it could spoil the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chances of landing the talented cornerback/free safety, stealing the secondary talent right from under their nose.
The Cowboys taking a quarterback was becoming a more and more popular first round mock draft selection recently, which would have freed up more talent for the Jaguars at fifth overall. Now, with Jones unequivocally saying he won’t take a quarterback, the talent defensive talent pool at the top of the draft could shrink.
If the Cowboys do take Ramsey, there are still plenty of possible defensive linemen or linebackers that would be worth picking, but the Jags would definitely miss out on the top secondary option of the year. If the Jags gamble on the draft and skip picking up a free safety in free agency, they could end up missing out.
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That would be an absolute shame.