The Jacksonville Jaguars selected cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft and it was all thanks to the Dallas Cowboys.
When the Dallas Cowboys passed on Florida State cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey to pick running back Ezekiel Elliott, everything went crazy for Jacksonville Jaguars fans. The 2016 NFL Draft took a bit of a miracle turn at that moment.
With Dante Fowler Jr. ready to come back after an injury ended his rookie season before it even started, the Jaguars are gambling a bit that their pass rush will rebound for 2016. Still, Ramsey also helps with pass defense and gives the Jags extra time to get after the quarterback.
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Not to rain on the Cowboys’ parade of adding Elliott to their already formidable duo of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but Ramsey was definitely the top player available. Ramsey is a difference maker on defense and can make plays on any given down. Elliott will be able to do plenty of good things for the Cowboys, but Ramsey also would have been an excellent pick.
Fortunately for the Jaguars, the Cowboys opted for an offensive play maker over a defensive play maker.
With the running back position settled with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon and the rest of the offense practically settled with Blake Bortles, Allen Hurns, and Allen Robinson, there was no question the Jags would go with a defensive player. Ramsey was easily the best available when the Cowboys decided to pass.
Expect big things out of this rebuilt Jacksonville Jaguars defense in 2016. They are ready to step up and Jalen Ramsey will be a massive improvement in a secondary that was severely limited in 2015.