Entering the league by storm as a rookie and making huge strides in his second season, is 2018 Jalen Ramsey‘s first year as a superstar – or is he already one?
Despite playing for a pathetically underachieving team that finished with a measly 3 wins in 2016, cornerback Jalen Ramsey made his stamp as a rooie as one of the premier defensive backs in the league. Ramsey went toe to toe with the opposing team’s number one receiver week after week and not only held his own, but shut most of those superstars down.
Ramsey got even better in his sophomore season, earning and All Pro nod and cementing himself as arguably the best cornerback in the league.
Dan Hanzus over at NFL.com put together his ‘Superstar Club’ piece this year (after a brief hiatus). In this exercise, Hanzus preserves a balance by coupling the addition of a new player to the club with the departure of another.
Hanzus adds Jalen Ramsey by removing Richard Sherman.
"IN: Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville JaguarsEvery year, NFL teams take cornerbacks at the top of the draft and pray they turn into what Ramsey has become for the Jaguars. In two seasons, Ramsey has established himself as one of the very best cornerbacks in the NFL. You could argue Ramsey earned superstar status on the back of his rookie year alone, but there’s no doubt about it after a dominant second year in which the first-team All-Pro allowed a 52.1 passer rating on throws his way. He’s also a fun and charismatic personality who talks splendid trash and will undoubtedly spice things up in The Superstar Club. This is especially important considering the man he’s set to replace …OUT: Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers"
This is an easy choice, and probably too easy given that Ramsey has been a star since he entered the league. Ramsey has been better than Sherman over the last two seasons and it hasn’t really been that close.
Clearly this was a case of “let’s see you do it for another season,” but Ramsey is one of the few players who comes into the league immediately and outperforms his peers from the get go.
Ramsey is not only a superstar, he’s one of the best overall players in the league.