Is the best player in the AFC South not on the Jacksonville Jaguars?


Despite a talented depth chart for the Jacksonville Jaguars, could the top player in the division reside elsewhere?

It’s a new world. A new era. A time where the Jacksonville Jaguars are considered among the best teams in the entire league heading into the 2018 season. In fact, the Jaguars were recently credited with possessing the second-most talent filled roster among all 32 teams.

Being stacked in many and most areas, conventional wisdom would suggest that the best player in the AFC South plays in black and teal. But that is not how the crew over at NFL Network’s Good Morning Football sees it. That very question was asked of the panel, and all three unanimously chose to go with Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Now I certainly won’t take this opportunity to bash Hopkins, as the wideout is one of the best at his position, despite shaky quarterback play. But simply put, there are multiple Jaguars who could stake claim to that title, with two obvious choices leading the charge.

On an elite defensive unit, Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey received first team All-Pro accolades last season, and both could have easily been the call for best within the division.

In his first season with the team, Campbell racked up 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his tenth overall season in the NFL. Campbell was as disruptive as it gets, and is the mayor of “Sacksonville” for good reason.

Ramsey, completing just his second season, cemented his status as one of the best shutdown corners in the league, with a résumé worthy of the number one spot. Ramsey has one of the league’s most exciting personal rivalries building, going head-to-head with Hopkins twice a year.

DeAndre Hopkins is a top player in the league, undoubtedly. But in the same breath, it’s difficult to go against either Calais Campbell or Jalen Ramsey as the best player the AFC South has to offer.