Know thy enemy is a phrase that is almost universally known and accepted. But when that is the context for an LA Rams article about Jalen Ramsey‘s view of the NFL and the ranking of wide receivers, it takes on an entirely new meaning. You see, in the small, small world of NFL receivers and defensive backs, Jalen Ramsey has pretty much opposed the very best of them.
So when he discusses his top wide receivers from 2021, it’s worth the price of admission. Or is it an omission? No, not a mistake. You see, his list of five actually became six receivers. They are:
1A – Davante Adams
1B – Tyreek Hill
1C – Deebo Samuel
4 – Odell Beckham Jr.
5A – Cooper Kupp
5B – Stefon Diggs
Jalen Ramsey is one of the best NFL defensive backs to play the game. And his passion for his craft is one of his strong suits. After all, he must face the best of the best on a weekly basis and is judged by the plays he doesn’t make. Whether or not his opponent grabs his face mask, and throws him to the ground prior to catching a 75-yard touchdown pass, observers will only note that Jalen Ramsey gave up a touchdown.
Not much gets mentioned about the uncalled facemask or offensive pass interference.
And so the matter of who Jalen Ramsey names as his top NFL wide receivers is a curious matter. Not so much about who he names as who he didn’t name. He didn’t name former LA Rams Robert Woods, who has since been traded to the Tenessee Titans. Nor did he mention incoming LA Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson’s name either.
Who is Jalen Ramsey? He is one of the most intelligent defensive backs in the game, and this video gives a glimpse into the man behind the football. He knows football, he knows the game on the field but he also knows the game on the whiteboard, the strategy, the business of playing good football.
Should we be concerned?
Hey, it’s tough to fit all of the NFL’s best competition into a five-slotted egg carton. In fact, Ramsey himself cheated a bit by creating a tie with a 5A and 5B slot. And there will be plenty of time for Allen Robinson to earn some respect from his teammate.
What I like most about having Jalen Ramsey in the LA Rams secondary is knowing that you will never be wondering whether or not you are getting his best. The guy delivers his utmost on every play because he lives for the competition. He loves the spotlight, to be around the football. In the hour or so discussion above with Ryan Clark, he admits freely that he wants to be involved in games, and that he lobbies for the star defensive back role.
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.
Do you agree with Jalen Ramsey’s Top 5 (er, 6?) NFL wide receivers? Let us know in the comments section.