When the San Diego Chargers turned in their card with Joey Bosa's name on it, I felt a sense of dread go over me. I'm a very cynical and jaded fan, but things like the NFL Draft are still something I can put my fan hat on with ease and the Bosa selection made that very real. It was a shocking pick by the Chargers, who did a masterful job of selling the idea they'd be picking an offensive tackle with the No. 3 overall pick.
When Bosa's name was announced I felt sick. The Dallas Cowboys for sure were going to be picking Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be left scrambling at the No. 5 overall pick. They weren't even going to think about picking Laremy Tunsil after how his night started and every thing I'd heard the day of the draft was that Myles Jack was still on their board, but the No. 5 overall pick would be too much of a risk given his knee. The Jaguars trade value with the No. 5 pick was destroyed with the Tunsil situation, so what the hell were they going to do?
As I watched the panel on NFL Network debate if the Cowboys would pick Ramsey or be bold and pick Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot, my mind raced at what on Earth the Jaguars could do, because I was certain the Cowboys would pick Ramsey. Why wouldn't they? He was arguably the best defensive prospect in the draft. Why would they take a running back with the No. 4 overall pick? I mean, they do need to win now and a back like Elliot is someone who can have an instant impact on your offense, but can't Ramsey do the same on the defensive side?
I wanted to vomit.
Then I wanted to cry.
The Cowboys actually did it. They picked Elliot. I'm not even going to criticize them for doing it, either. Logically, where their team is at and their roster situation, it makes perfect sense. You've only got so many games left with Tony Romo before he completely falls apart, you have a monster offensive line and Elliot is the total package at running back. I personally wouldn't do it and if I was a Dallas fan I'm sure I'd rip the pick, but from the outside looking in, I understood it. I got it.
Then the Jaguars got Ramsey.
"We didn't think he'd get to us," Dave Caldwell said when he met with the media after the draft.
It was euphoric. The guy most Jaguars fans wanted through the whole process, that no one really expected to be there until the trade ups to No. 1 and No. 2 occurred, and even then it was still a hope and a prayer, was there. Jalen Ramsey was available and I imagined general manager David Caldwell fumbling his phone in the air trying to rip it out of his pocket to call in the pick as fast as humanly possible.
"There wasn't a game that stood out on the bad side," Caldwell said of Ramsey. "He was consistent for two straight years. When you watch corners, sometimes you see a bad game. But for him, I can't think of a time when he didn't play well."
Holy shit. They got him.
I went from the emotional low of trying to rationalize the Jaguars picking DeForest Buckner or Leonard Floyd with the No. 5 overall pick to the high of realizing they picked the perfect non-pass rusher for their defense.
I couldn't stop smiling.
I'm sure there are some people who aren't happy with the pick, for whatever nonsensical reason they've convinced themselves of, but I couldn't have imagined a better scenario for the Jaguars. Especially with Bosa being off the board by the third pick. The player no one thought would be available to the Jaguars by the No. 5 pick, fell right in their lap.
Feels good, man.