Jalen Ramsey underwent successful surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee and he is expected to return by training camp, the Jaguars have announced. The Jaguars were hoping that the No. 4 overall pick would be back on a 4-6 week timeline but there was a possibility of a longer recovery depending on the severity of the injury. Now, barring any unforeseen setbacks or complications, the defensive back should be on the field Week 1 for Jacksonville. Doctors told Ramsey that this surgery on his right knee is expected to sideline him six weeks in all, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
Last week’s news came as a big scare for Jaguars fans as this marks the second straight year in which a Jaguars’ first-round pick suffered an injury before taking the field. Now, the Jags should be able to trot out the FSU product alongside pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr., who missed all of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL in a minicamp practice.
Ramsey was highly coveted by the Cowboys who were selecting at No. 4, but they opted instead to take Ohio State product Ezekiel Elliott. The Ravens, who held the No. 6 overall selection in the draft, also tried to nab Ramsey by swapping picks with Dallas, but the two sides could not agree on a deal. Once things fell into place, the Jaguars pounced on the opportunity to grab the top defensive back in this year’s draft at No. 5. At least one team, the Dolphins, had Ramsey rated as the best player in the draft. Ramsey has a sky-high ceiling and his ability to play either safety or cornerback makes him even more valuable.
Ramsey received considerable hype prior to the draft, with the only real knock on his game being a general lack of playmaking statistics. In his time at FSU, Ramsey racked up only three interceptions, although that could be explained by the fact that opposing quarterbacks simply did not throw in his direction that often. Overall, Ramsey allowed a completion rate of just 38.5%.
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