Cowboys got cold feet drawing Jalen Ramsey

The Cowboys made Jalen Ramsey think they were drafting him in 2016 before switching gears and taking Ezekiel Elliott instead.

According to Jalen Ramsey, the Cowboys franchise had a little sliding door moment in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dallas picked No. 4 overall and watched the Rams pick Jared Goff, the Eagles pick Carson Wentz, and the Chargers pick Joey Bosa at No. 3.

From Ramsey’s perspective, that meant he was going to be a cowboy.

Cowboys told Jalen Ramsey they would call him up but then didn’t

“When I was in Dallas on my visit, they said right to my face, ‘If you get there at four, we’ll take you,'” Ramsey said of Ryan Clark The Pivot Podcast. “‘But we don’t think you’ll be there by four.’ They said: “We think [the Chargers] will get you at three, but if you get there at four we’ll take you with us if you’re on that board.’”

That turned out to be less than true.

Instead, Jerry Jones and co. chose running back Ezekiel Elliott and left the Jaguars to take 5th-seat Ramsey.

From the Cowboys’ point of view, this selection worked well. Elliott is a three-time Pro Bowler with 7,386 yards and 56 touchdowns in his six seasons with the team.

However, Ramsey was arguably more successful. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and now a Super Bowl winner with the Rams.

He may have been a Cowboys fan growing up, but Ramsey has done well despite not being able to play for his youth team.

Would he have made a bigger difference to Dallas defense than Elliott did on offense over the past six years? It’s a debate that is unlikely to have a definitive answer, even if it’s an intriguing “what if?” account. Cowboys got cold feet drawing Jalen Ramsey

John Verrall

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