Just in time for the 2020 season starting tonight, Bleacher Report released their top-50 players for the 2020 season and a pair of elite Rams players landed on their list. To no one’s surprise, the two are cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a.k.a the bag man, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Here’s what the NFL staff had to say about the two players:
47. Jalen Ramsey
“Jalen Ramsey experienced a trying campaign in 2019 due to his ongoing fight with the Jacksonville Jaguars front office before he was shipped to the Los Angeles Rams for a pair of first-round draft picks. As such, his overall play wasn’t quite at the level to which everyone has grown accustomed. Even so, he’s still the fourth-highest-graded cornerback since the start of the ‘17 season, per Pro Football Focus. The Rams understand Ramsey’s value and made him the highest-paid cornerback in the game with a new five-year, $105 million contract.”
2. DT Aaron Donald
“As a pass-rusher, no one comes close to Donald considering he can consistently collapse the pocket and make life inherently more difficult for opposing quarterbacks. According to Pro Football Focus, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year has posted the league’s highest pass-rush grade and pressure rate since the start of the 2017 campaign. His 44 sacks during that span reflect his consistency in this specific area.”
“As a run-defender, Donald destroys opposing game plans. His average depth of tackle against the run (0.17 yards) over the last two seasons is the best in professional football, as PFF noted. He’s notched 45 tackles for loss as a result.”
Its tough to argue with a top-2 placement for Donald, but I think most could warrant a higher ranking for Ramsey, who did just become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. With a full offseason under his belt with the Rams, I think the sky is the limit now for him.
If you guys feel like making a claim or where you think they should be ranked, go right ahead in the comments.
Now here are today’s links.
CB Jalen Ramsey got PAID (TheRams.com)
Jared Goff has been impressed by RB Cam Akers (The Rams Wire)
Noah Schlaebitz highlights the versatility of the Rams’ outside linebacker group (Ramblin’ Fan)
Biggest injury concerns for each team going into week one (ESPN)
Pete Prisco picks his week one winners in the NFL (CBS Sports)
Chiefs and Texans are discussing a joint protest prior to tonight’s game (Bleacher Report)
NFL writers at PFT predict the division winners and playoff teams for 2020 (Pro Football Talk)