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NFL Draft 2016 preview: Defensive backs

Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey

In the 80-year history of the NFL Draft, only once has a defensive back been taken with the No. 1 overall pick. That was all the way back in 1956, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took safety Gary Glick out of Colorado A&M (now known as Colorado State). Glick, who was also a kicker, played seven years in the league with the Steelers, Colts, Chargers and Washington. He finished his career with 14 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.

Six decades later, 2016 was shaping up to be the year in which a defensive back went No. 1 in the draft again.

The league was ready for it. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets (NFL): He stole what was supposed to be Andrew Luck’s show on “Monday Night Football,” intercepting one pass and recovering two fumbles in the Jets’ defensively dominant 20-7 victory. Revis also had four tackles and turned Indy’s No. 1 receiver, T.Y. Hilton, into a non-factor (4 rec, 45 yds). With Revis at the helm, a Jets’ defense that last season threatened to break an NFL record for fewest forced turnovers has this season taken the ball away from its opponents a league-high 10 times through two games.

RJ Williamson, SS, Michigan State (NCAA): In Saturday’s 35-21 win over Air Force, Williamson had five tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery, which he took back 64 yards for a touchdown. The senior strong safety then put the finishing touch on the Spartans’ victory by recovering Air Force’s onside kick late in the fourth quarter. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State (NCAA) — The sophomore safety was just as clutch as superstar QB Jameis Winston during the Seminoles’ 30-26 comeback win over Miami, making big plays all over the field in the second half. Ramsey finished with three tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and the victory-sealing interception with under a minute to go.

Johnthan Banks, CB, Buccaneers (NFL) — Banks facilitated a turnover on the game’s first play from scrimmage when his hit separated Washington receiver Niles Paul from the ball, which was intercepted by Tampa Bay linebacker Danny Lansanah. Later in the first quarter of the Bucs’ eventual 27-7 win, Banks snagged a deflected pass for an interception of his own, which he returned for a touchdown after trucking Washington QB Robert Griffin III near the goal line. Continue reading

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