JACKSONVILLE – The future looked bright at times this past season.
That was a major theme for the Jaguars' defense for 2016, and that theme continued this week with two of the team's top young front-line defensive players receiving post-season honors.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, both of whom had standout rookie seasons, on Tuesday were named to the Pro Football Writers Association's 2016 All-Rookie team.
Ramsey, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, started all 16 games at cornerback and finished with 14 passes defensed. That tied for 11th among NFL cornerbacks. He also registered two interceptions and returned one for a game-clinching touchdown in the Jaguars' 38-17 Week 16 victory over Tennessee.
Ramsey had 13 passes defensed over the last five games of the season, the most in the NFL during the span. He finished with 65 tackles (54 solo) and allowed 54 receptions for 703 yards for the season while often shadowing the opponent's top receiver.
Ngakoue, a third-round selection, started 15 games as a rookie and finished with a team-high eight sacks. That was a franchise rookie record. He also had 23 tackles, including six for losses, and finished second on the team with 14 quarterback hurries.