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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Is This Player Byron Jones 2.0?

In the 2015 , the selected a / hybrid with their 27th pick in the . Fast forward one year, to 2016, and it looks like the Cowboys are primed to draft another hybrid at #4 overall, 23 draft slots ahead of what they used in 2015.

has been mocked to the Cowboys by a lot of the so-called draft “experts” and a lot of fans have echoed the same type of enthusiasm in favor of selecting him at #4 overall.

Do the Cowboys really need another hybrid defensive back?

Personally, I'm not as high on Ramsey as a lot of people, but I can understand the attraction given the Cowboys need to upgrade the and the fact that Ramsey is a superb athlete.

I don't think Ramsey is as good as is at this point, and I think he is going to have to be primarily a safety in the NFL. Ramsey just isn't as smooth of an athlete as Jones is and really struggles with quick switch wide receivers because of the stiffness in his hips. This will be the main reason why he will struggle as a CB in the NFL and why he is considered better suited to play safety.

Let's take a look at Ramsey and Jones' predraft workout numbers to compare the two players side-by-side:

Byron Jones

Jalen Ramsey

Height: 6'1″ 6'1″
Weight: 199 lbs. 209 lbs.
Arm Length: 32″ 33 3/8″
Hands: 10″ 9 1/2″
40 yard dash: 4.36 () 4.41
Bench Press: 18 reps (pro day) 14 reps
Vertical Jump: 44 1/2″ 41 1/2″
Broad Jump: 12'3″ 11'3″
3 Cone Drill: 6.78 6.94
20 Yard Shuffle: 3.94 4.18
60 Yard Shuffle: 10.98 11.10

As you can see, Byron Jones outperformed Jalen Ramsey in every single drill, although the results were fairly similar.

Again, do the Cowboys need another Byron Jones in the secondary?

Honestly, I can see an argument for both sides in favor of or against drafting Ramsey and I think I would be fine with either outcome.

It's no secret that the Cowboys need to improve their secondary. is back on a one-year deal, is coming back off of a major knee , and has one year remaining on his contract even though his status with the team is still a little murky at this point.

At the safety position things aren't much better except it looks as if Byron Jones is the future at the spot and as of now, is penciled in to start next to him at .

So there is no denying that the addition of Ramsey could help upgrade the secondary, but it really depends on if the Cowboys view him more as a safety or a cornerback.

I think if they view him as a CB, it would be a mistake to use the #4 overall draft pick on him because I think there are better players available later in the draft that have had better production.

I personally don't view Ramsey as a good fit at CB in the NFL.

I think he will struggle at the position, but he could fill in as an emergency corner if needed. It's not something I would want long-term, but filling in for emergency situations would be an added benefit to the roster.

It looks like I'm not alone in thinking Ramsey is a bad fit as a cornerback in the NFL.

https://twitter.com/JC1053/status/715561518981447680

On the other hand, I think Ramsey is the best safety in the entire 2016 draft class and I think the idea of Ramsey and Jones as the future starting safety duo for the Cowboys would be amazing.

Ramsey and Jones at safety would allow to really get creative with coverages because either one of them can drop down and cover athletic tight ends or play that deep centerfield type safety.

Both Ramsey and Jones are at their best when they are making plays in front of them. They tend to struggle when they have to turn and make plays down the field, this is especially true with Ramsey (stiff hips).

Although both players are very similar, Jones is a better player at this point and has already proven that he is ready for a larger role on . I'm personally expecting big things from him in 2016.

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter what I think. It only really matters what the Cowboys think and if they are willing or not to use the #4 overall draft pick on another hybrid defensive back.

Where do you stand?

Is Jalen Ramsey the best player the Cowboys can draft at #4, if he's available?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Alvina

Your on crack Byron jones is stiff not a fluent athlete like Ramsey is he didnt run that time at the combine so it's holds no merit

Alvina

he's a workout warrior some players can just test great look at their film he's tight in his hips it's not even a discussion I like him i think he'll be a good player but Ramsey's ceiling much higher in my opinion

Blue Star

Get Ramsey and Trade Byron Jones next offseason to move up in 2017 draft to get the best QB.

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