Cornerback Jalen Ramsey has quickly become a cornerstone player for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It has not taken long for Jalen Ramsey to make an impact in the NFL. The 2016 first-round draft pick has already ascended to the ranks of the elite, and was a first-team All-Pro in just his second season.
It is early in Ramsey’s career, but already very much clear that the Jacksonville Jaguars have added a perennial superstar, and a benchmark for the franchise for years to come.
With Jalen Ramsey’s playmaking ability, any scenario where the cornerback is playing for another team besides the Jaguars any time soon would be a monumental faux pas by the organization, but that’s obviously a laughable hypothetical situation.
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The thought comes because, as a result of the New York Giants reportedly being at least open to hearing offers for Odell Beckham Jr., Adam Rank of nfl.com comprised a list of eight players (QBs excluded) who should be valued as untradeable by their respective teams. Unsurprisingly, Ramsey made the short list:
"Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville JaguarsWhen you boast the Deion Sanders of his generation, you have to keep him. I know: It’s unfair to compare Ramsey to Deion. Even though they both attended Florida State, both starred in multiple sports for the Seminoles, both went No. 5 overall in the NFL draft … Wait a second — are we sure we can’t compare them? Anyway, Ramsey, is clearly a difference maker for the Jags. Now, it’s fair to point out A.J. Bouye ranked higher last season in passer rating (he was first), catch rate and yards per game, according to Next Gen stats. But Ramsey is entering his third season, and he’s still playing off that rookie contract, having just logged a first-team All-Pro nod in Year 2. So, he’s amazing, he’s cheap and he’s only getting better for a team that is climbing the ranks."
Heralding Ramsey as the “Deion Sanders of his generation” is certainly massive shoes to fill, but not a reach by any means. Ramsey is the textbook definition of a lock down corner, and completely shuts down air traffic on his side of the field. Teams have to game plan against throwing in Ramsey’s direction, or face the consequences.
Rank also points out that Ramsey is still playing off his rookie contract, which is truly incredible to think about considering the accolades the cornerback has already garnered.
Heading into just his third season, the sky is the limit for Jalen Ramsey, and even that may be an understatement. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a gem in their possession, and will have absolutely no desire to pawn it off for years to come.