1. Jalen Ramsey, CB
In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys had a transformative draft. They not only took Ezekiel Elliott in the first round, but they also landed Dak Prescott in the fourth. Jaylon Smith was also added in the second round and while he looked like a steal for a minute, that’s now one of the wounds from that class we don’t want to re-open.
Of course, they’re happy with the players they took — even though Elliott wasn’t as effective this year — but it wasn’t always a guarantee they were going to take the running back at No. 4. The rumors were that Dallas was looking at Joey Bosa, Zeke, and Jalen Ramsey.
Bosa was gone one pick before they were on the board and they ended up taking Elliott over the Florida State defensive back. Ramsey went on to become a star for the Jacksonville Jaguars and then was traded to the Los Angeles Rams during the 2019 season.
Since moving to L.A., he’s become an even better player and has finished in the top 10 according to PFF the past three seasons, including No. 1 in 2021 and No. 3 this year. In all, he has 452 tackles, 19 interceptions, 92 pass defenses, and six forced fumbles.
Simply put, Ramsey is a game-changing talent.
He’s also on a team that took a massive nosedive in 2022 and is roughly $14 million in the hole to start the season. Dallas isn’t looking great either at the moment but they can make the moves to afford Ramsey, and if they did, their secondary would be arguably the best in the game.
This would be a huge investment but Jerry Jones has been growing impatient. If he wants to see a title again, he has to think long and hard about such a move.