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Rams' Jalen Ramsey 'a Little Overrated at This Point,' AFC Executive Says

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2022

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Jalen Ramsey is still considered the NFL's best cornerback by most league executives, but some are starting to see some signs of slippage.

"I think he's falling off and a little overrated at this point," an AFC executive told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. "[The] Super Bowl, to me, is an indication of what it's going to look like moving forward."

Cincinnati Bengals receivers Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase both beat Ramsey for big receptions in the Rams' Super Bowl LVI win, but the All-Pro remains dominant on a macro level. He has been named a first-team All-Pro three times, including each of the last two seasons, and made five straight Pro Bowls.

"He's not as good as [Darrelle] Revis or Charles Woodson, but he's the best in this era," an NFL personnel director told Fowler. "He does everything well."

Pro Football Focus gave Ramsey a grade of 84.5 last season, which was his highest mark since 2017. He has had a grade of at least 70 in each of his six NFL seasons, which categorizes him as a starter-worthy player every year.

It's hard to find any fault in what's already been a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

That said, Ramsey turns 28 in October and just underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He's been remarkably healthy throughout his NFL career, but cornerbacks don't typically remain at the top of their game well into their 30s. There's likely a finite amount of time left when Ramsey will be considered as the best corner in the game.

If Ramsey falls off at all next season, that AFC executive's words prove prescient.

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