LA Rams: 5 players appear in “CBS Top 100”
Now were are getting to the nitty-gritty of the CBS Top 100 list. Coming in at 15 is All-Pro defensive back, Jalen Ramsey. Of course, there is always a bit of controversy whenever a discussion involves Ramsey, and this list is no exception. Why the controversy?
Well, Ramsey is committed to covering the elite receivers in the NFL, and he is so incredibly effective that quarterbacks throw elsewhere. The controversy is that in the fantasy football metrics mindset, Ramsey doesn’t generate points in a fantasy football setting. That, in turn, creates a tremendous bias to overlook Ramsey for lesser talented defensive backs who generate points for FF team owners.
The CBS Top 100 list gives the nod to Green Bay Packers defensive back Jaire Alexander. Now, don’t get me wrong, Alexander is hugely talented and is certainly deserving of a Top 20 ranking. But let’s deal in the reality where Jalen Ramsey is truly a shutdown corner and has been for much of his NFL career. Meanwhile, the 18th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft is only being mentioned as someone who may be a shutdown cornerback someday. Somehow, the rankings place a higher value upon someone who MIGHT be over someone who HAS, IS, and WILL BE elite in the NFL.
By all rights, Jalen Ramsey should be the top-rated defensive back on any NFL list. That’s not homerism. It’s just the basic facts that exist in the NFL today. It may be that Jaire Alexander will overtake Ramsey in the future, but that is not on this day.