Cornerback is typically one of the hardest positions to adjust to when switching from college to the NFL. However, Jalen Ramsey’s transition to the league was one of the smoothest anyone as arguably seen from a young corner.
After just two seasons in the NFL, Ramsey had already established himself as one of the top players at his position and his performance in his second year with the Jaguars earned him a First-Team All-Pro selection.
Including Ramsey, only five other corners have earned a First-Team All-Pro Selection on the defensive side of the ball in either of their first two seasons in the league since 2000.
Despite Jacksonville’s disappointing tenure in 2018, their top corner continued to play at an elite level. In addition to coming up with three interceptions last season, Ramsey also only allowed the receivers he was covering to haul in 54.6 percent of their passes.
In fact, the Jaguars corner has never allowed his coverage to catch more than 55 percent of their targets since he entered the NFL in 2016. To help show how impressive this is, Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes saw his coverage catch 54.8 percent of their targets in 2017 when he earned a First-Team All-Pro selection.
So essentially, Ramsey has been playing like the best version of Rhodes for his entire tenure with the Jaguars.