In the final installment of the why this player makes sense with the Cowboys first pick we look at Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey. He might be the fan favorite according social media and that comes with good reason. This Cowboys secondary is in dire need of playmakers on the backend.
In 2015 the Cowboys had a turnover differential of (-22) with Jeff Heath leading the way with two interceptions. In 2016 the Cowboys get Orlando Scandrick back from injury, Mo Claiborne re-signed and the team is bringing in more free agent cornerbacks. Where they need the help is at safety. This is where Ramsey comes in.
It appears the Cowboys found their free safety of the future when they selected Byron Jones with their first round selection last season. If you are able to couple him with Ramsey you get a safety tandem that is worth talking about. A Jones-Ramsey backend could be terrifying for opposing offenses. A fear that teams haven’t had since Darren Woodson and Roy Williams were back there.
What Ramsey does bring to the table is what the Cowboys have shown lately they want. He is a tall, long-armed athlete with some position flexibility. This is the same thing that Jones brought to the table. They both can play safety or slide over to cornerback if the situation calls for it. At the NFL combine Ramsey ran a 4.41 40 time and he had the best broad jump at 11’3″. Still a full foot short of Byron Jones world record but it does show his athletic ability.
Adding Ramsey to this secondary could very well give an extra secord or two to allow the pass rush to get to the quarterback. This is also an immediate upgrade to JJ Wilcox and Barry Church who seemingly take bad angle after bad angle to allow ball carriers to get by them. Ramsey does have make up speed so that is a plus on having him on the field.
And according to his instagram I think we know where this guy wants to be.
The Cowboys still have a big decision to make, but with the guys I have laid out over the past few days they definitely have options.