The Los Angeles Rams are not about the party that is being the defending NFC Champions end anytime soon, and worked out a deal Monday to get one of the top defensive play makers in the game.
The move was stunning, and if you would have bet that the Rams would have been able to get it done, you could have collected nicely.
The team rebuilt their cornerback depth chart in a mighty way, as they traded away one former All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens and then acquired another in Jaguars standout Jalen Ramsey.
The team also placed veteran corner Aqib Talib on injured reserve, basically ending his season now already getting set for its seventh week.
The move to get Ramsey means that despite that it could appear, the Rams are again ‘all in’ in trying to get back to the Super Bowl.
Ramsey and the Jagaurs have not seen eye-to-eye all season, but it was still a shock to see a former top draft pick get moved and what the Jaguars were able to get in return.
The Rams gave up a haul of three draft picks – including two first-rounders, meaning that it’s a risky move, but one that the Rams felt was necessary to wart off the likes of the upstart Niners, who just beat the Rams Sunday in Los Angeles in a sound beating.
The overall picks involved for Ramsey included the Rams 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick and their 2021 fourth-round pick.
It’s a ton to give up for one player, but in the minds of the Rams they felt that they are going to be picking low in the draft anyway, and the ability to get one of the top play makers in the game was just too good to pass up.
If Ramsey plays like he has over his short time in the NFL and doesn’t open his mouth too much (something that has been tough for him to do), the Rams secondary shoots right up the chart as one of the top secondaries in the game.
Is there risk? Very much so.
We all saw how things broke down in Jacksonville, but then again that’s a team that despite a run to the AFC Title game a few years back isn’t exactly known for its rich tradition.
Now we will see if the move is one that the Rams will regret, or one that puts them right at the top again of the mix in all of pro football after a slow start to 2019. .