BREAKING: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is really good. He was named first-team All-Pro last year and was voted the No. 17 player in the league by his peers in NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2017.
The 23-year-old is never shy to speak his mind, including when he was suspended earlier this week after calling out a local reporter for a fight that happened at Jaguars training camp. In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Ramsey let us know exactly what he thinks about each quarterback in the NFL.
The Florida State Seminoles alum, who is a two-time first-team All-ACC selection and was a consensus All-American in 2015, knows a thing or two about quarterbacks.
The fifth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has recorded 31 pass deflections and six interceptions in two NFL seasons and is making the case that he is the premier cornerback in the game. He’s a quarterback’s worst nightmare, and he’s the best player on Jacksonville’s insanely talented defense.
When Jalen Ramsey has something to say, maybe we should just shut up and listen.
In his interview with the lifestyle magazine, Ramsey offered up his opinion of quarterbacks from around the NFL. From someone who has seen more than his fair share of passers throwing his way, there are few opinions more validated than Ramsey’s.
From the Atlanta Falcons to the Buffalo Bills, take a peak at what he said about the quarterbacks from all around the NFL.
“If all those teams were wanting Baker [Mayfield] so bad — Baker compares better with Lamar [Jackson] than any of those other quarterbacks. So if they want that type of quarterback—confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma — then yeah, I understand Baker going number one.”
“I would’ve picked [Lamar Jackson] earlier than 32. I think he’s gonna do a good job. Especially with the [Baltimore Ravens’] offensive coordinator — he likes running quarterbacks, likes that read option.”
“And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks.”
“I think [Josh] Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that. He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.”
“Aaron Rodgers does not [suck].”
“Tom Brady doesn’t [suck].”
“I think Tyrod Taylor is actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for, because he does not make mistakes. He’s honestly a Marcus Mariota type player, where he manages a game really well, always has them at least in position to be in the game late in the game.”
“Just cause when they beat us, his hype picked up. They were like, ‘He beat the number one defense.’ It was all schemes. He didn’t beat us. It wasn’t like he diced us up. It was literally all schemes… But if you know how to work within your scheme then it means you’re good. I guess you could say he’s good.”
“He’ll be the league MVP in a couple years. One hundred percent. There’s not even a debate about that. Him and Carson Wentz, for every year starting now until five to 10 years, it’s gonna be them two. They’re that good.”
“He’s average to above average… Your offensive coordinator is just your brainiac. When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.”
“He’s good. He’s alright. He’s okay. I’ll put it that way. [Ezekiel Elliott] runs that team though. Everything runs around Zeke.”
“I think he’s good. I think he’s a winner. He’s a hell of a competitor. Coming off the play action, he’s the best quarterback in the league. Play action passing, he’s a hell of a quarterback.”
“I think he’s good.”
“It’s not really Eli. I think it’s Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won’t say Eli’s good, I’ll say Odell’s good. And their connection is good.”
“I think Russell is good. I think he’s just a really good leader, too.”
“I think he’s decent at best… It’s not Big Ben, it’s [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it. He has a strong arm, but he ain’t all that. I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame and all that.”
“Blake do what he gotta do… I think in crunch time moments, like last year’s playoff game—not as a team, because we would have trusted him—but I think as an organization, we should have trusted him more to keep throwing it.”
“I’m a fan of Drew Brees. I think Drew Brees really good, even at this age. He still runs. Everything.”
“I don’t really think he’s that good. Him and T.Y. [Hilton] had a connection in the past that made him stand out a little bit more, but I don’t think he’s good.”
“I don’t know much about him. I haven’t heard the greatest of stuff about him but I don’t know him personally so I can’t tell you. I don’t watch their games either.”
“I think he’s pretty good.”
“I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care. You know what that tells me? That tells me [Offensive Coordinator Kyle] Shanahan left, went to San Francisco… And now Garoppolo is a big name… Alright, well, was it really you, or was it your coach?”
“He’s way better than some of these second-string quarterbacks out here. Possibly better than some of these first string quarterbacks out here. And some teams have third string quarterbacks. He’s definitely good enough to be in the league, but he won’t be.”