NFL Draft 2016: Jacksonville Jaguars select Jalen Ramsey
NFL Draft 2016 saw the Jacksonville Jaguars select Jalen Ramsey at fifth overall, finally bringing some talent to the cornerback position.
It was no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars needed help on defense so it isn’t shocking to see them turn to that side of the ball with their first round selection in 2016.
Jalen Ramsey will give the Jaguars a secondary presence like they have not had in a number of years. Whether he is asked to play primarily cornerback or to play safety, he can come in and have an impact immediately.
Ramsey has been the consensus top secondary player throughout the pre-draft process and for a defense as starved of play makers as the Jaguars, he is clearly needed.
Ramsey is athletic and can make all of the plays. He has done everything the right way and is able to put in the work as a professional to improve on his already impressive talent. Lance Zierlein’s bottom line on Ramsey:
"Press cover corner with disruptive length to fluster receivers and the makeup speed/leaping ability to stymie downfield attacks. Ramsey made more plays on the ball from the slot last year, but his ability to jam and trail receivers limited playmaking opportunities this year. Ramsey has all-pro potential and traits, but could use a little more bravado and attitude play in and play out."
Expecting Ramsey to be an All-Pro right off the bat is a bit much, but he certainly has the potential to develop into that level of player. This is a pick that all Jags fans can get excited about!
The Jacksonville Jaguars should be thanking the Dallas Cowboys for selecting Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall, thereby opening up Ramsey for the Jags to take. Without the Cowboys picking Elliott, the Jags would have had a much more difficult decision to make.