Rams bolster defense with Jaguars' Ramsey

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Los Angeles Rams moved to shore up their creaky defense on Tuesday, acquiring star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a raft of draft picks, the team announced.

Ramsey, who had been unsettled at Jacksonville, heads to Los Angeles in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in the 2021 draft, the Rams said.

Ramsey was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and has recorded 210 tackles, nine interceptions and two forced fumbles in 51 games.

The 24-year-old is regarded as one of the best corners in the NFL and has twice been picked for the Pro Bowl.

He joins a Rams defense that has been hit by an injury to Aqib Talib, while corner Marcus Peters was traded to the Baltimore Ravens earlier Tuesday.

Ramsey's stint at the Jaguars had been frequently tempestuous, with the defender often clashing with opponents and coaches.

He faced off with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone last month during the first half of a 13-12 defeat to the Houston Texans.

Ramsey was then placed on indefinite leave by the Jaguars after requesting time off for the birth of his daughter at the end of September, a move that triggered speculation he may be traded.

He joins a Rams team who have slumped to 3-3 after losing their last three games.