The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2016 NFL Draft first round selection of Jalen Ramsey is worthy of an early ‘A’ grade.
It’s early to be grading the first round picks, but after a miraculous selection of Jalen Ramsey at fifth overall for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s a clear cut situation where early grades could be reflective of actual (future) production. Daniel Lago weighs in with me for B&T’s early draft grade of the new Jags cornerback.
Daniel Lago’s grade: A
"This couldn’t have worked out any better for the Jaguars. It looked like the Jaguars might be stuck in a tough spot after the Chargers took Joey Bosa, but the Cowboys saved the day by passing on Ramsey and letting him fall for the good guys. Even with the moves the Jaguars made in the offseason, this is the ideal pick. Ramsey can play any position in the secondary and would be an immediate upgrade wherever he lines up. I’m guessing he starts opposite Davon House, but kicks inside on passing downs to allow room for Amukamara."
Luke Sims’ grade: A
"It really is tough to look at the Jaguars and Jalen Ramsey and not think it is a perfect pairing. Ramsey is an exceptional secondary player who will be invaluable to a defense that is going to be almost completely rebuilt for 2016. Ramsey was a consensus top pick among draft evaluators. The jags are serious about giving Blake Bortles and the offense the opportunity to win games after they proved they could light it up on that side of the ball. With Dante Fowler Jr. and Ramsey on defense and the free agent additions, the Jags are in solid shape."
The Jaguars were quite lucky to land Ramsey at fifth overall. The Dallas Cowboys opted for running back Ezekiel Elliott, which opened up opportunities for the Jags and made an easy selection possible for GM Dave Caldwell.
Caldwell needed a home run in his fourth draft with the Jaguars, especially after Fowler missed all of the 2015 season with injury as a rookie. He knocked it out of the park here.