Arguably the best player on the team after just one year, Jalen Ramsey is ready to ascend to the top tier of defenders in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars began the 2012 regular seasons with perhaps the least talented roster in franchise history. The result was a 2-12 season and the comprehensive restructuring of the entire leadership.
Since then, the team has seen an influx of young talent but nobody has really ascended to superstardom. Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles were on the cusp after a terrific 2015 campaign, but both players fell off dramatically in 2016.
For now, the light shining brightest in terms of young talent is cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com recently put out a piece predicting a potential first-time Pro Bowl player on each team, and he probably didn’t have a very difficult time nominating one for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"Jalen Ramsey, cornerback: Jacksonville’s defense is loaded with young talent: Dante Fowler, Yannick Ngakoue, A.J. Bouye, Telvin Smith … shall we go on? Yes, we shall, in order to name the most promising young star of the bunch in Ramsey. The second-year cover man dazzled on tape as a rookie, showing unusual instincts and zero fear. People are understandably exhausted by Jaguars hype, but this defense has the talent to rise up. Ramsey has the ability to serve as the face of this unit — with multiple Pro Bowls in his future"
I am extremely high on Ramsey, so much so that I would be utterly shocked if he didn’t make the Pro Bowl next year. He was playing at a Pro Bowl level last year and was hurt in terms of notoriety because the Jaguars were awful as a team. If the team can win more games and be even remotely relevant, Ramsey’s profile will soar up.
Ramsey could potentially flirt with the All Pro team as well, but for now it’s fair to say he’ll be one of the 10 best corners in the league.