Defensive Rookie of the Year
Jalen Ramsey CB JAC
Since 2000, this award has gone to a LB in 11 of the 16 seasons. While the last three haven’t gone to a LB, it is where the award traditionally goes. Of the LBs taken in the first round, Leonard Floyd is currently third on the depth chart at OLB and Darren Lee is second at ILB. That is it for first round LBs. Of the other players up front who can put up big numbers, Bosa is finally joining the team after holding out until the end of August and will need to work his way up. 3-4 DEs usually don’t have a major impact hurting DeForest Buckner’s chances. Sheldon Rankins and Shaq Lawson are the only other ones in the top 25 but both will miss time with injuries. The end of the first is littered with DTs who have won the award a total of six times since 1967 and injured LBs including Jaylon Smith, Reggie Regland, and Myles Jack. Noah Spence might be the one name to sneak into it but with the front seven being so bad at the top this year Ramsey might make his case to win the award. Some thought of him as the best player in the draft regardless of position and his talents are by far the top of his class. If the Jaguars make the playoffs like I predict, his impact could be a reason why he gets the award. Marcus Peters won the award last year as a corner after tying the league lead with eight interceptions and two defensive touchdowns so it is possible.