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NCAA College Football 2016: The Case for Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey had plenty to say at his Pro Day in Tallahassee this past week. His message with his workout was clear – he may be the best player coming out in the NFL Draft in April. Ramsey made a strong case to be taken with the first overall pick by the Tennessee Titans. And he told them as such when asked where he thought he should be taken in the selection process.

NFL media analyst and from general manager Charlie Casserly agreed with Ramsey and spoke about it in a story on

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“What I see is what’s on tape, he’s a press corner. He’s a zone corner sometimes in cover two,” Casserly said. ” … I think he’s a better prospect than Patrick Peterson as a press corner coming out of college … that’s a Pro Bowl statement.”

Whether that means Ramsey will be the first player to come off the board is unknown at this time. The Titans need help on the offensive line and have been linked for months to Ole Miss tackle, Laremy Tunsil. The team could also use a solid pass rusher, which means Ohio State’s Joey Bosa could be in play. The one position the team will not have to worry about is quarterback, where Marcus Mariota was snagged last season.

It is believed Ramsey, an All-American at Florida State, can play both safety and cornerback in the pros. San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville – teams that pick third, fourth and fifth in the first round, could all use his services. There is still a belief Cleveland will take a quarterback at No. 2 despite signing Robert Griffin III last week.

The Chargers will look to replace Eric Weddle, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. The Jaguars signed both Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara earlier this month but still appear to be high on Ramsey for the future.

Dallas still has issues in its secondary and could be looking for an eventual replacement for Morris Claiborne.

The Browns lost Gipson to the Jaguars, and could see Ramsey paired with Joe Haden to help strengthen the secondary.

The story, written by Chase Goodbread, goes on to explain that Ramsey is projected to be the No. 1 pick of the Tennessee Titans by analysts Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks, while Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein see him going to the Chargers at No. 3 overall. If Ramsey is expected to match Peterson’s five Pro Bowl selections in his first five seasons, it’s no wonder he won’t last long in the draft.

Should he be chosen first overall, it would mark the first time a defensive back was the first to come off the board in NFL history.

Peterson has been one of the best defensive backs to come out in the Draft since he was picked 5th overall in 2011.

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“They should take me not because I’m a Nashville kid. They should take me because I’m the best player in this year’s draft,” Ramsey said at the Seminoles’ pro day Tuesday. Ramsey has ties to Tennessee as he is from Smyrna, a town 25 miles outside of Nashville and went to high school at Brentwood Academy.

The Titans traded for DeMarco Murray in the offseason, which will help a struggling offense. The move to draft Tunsil makes sense, giving Tennessee a pair of young tackles along with Taylor Lewan.

In another sign of just how confident Ramsey is about what he’s proven this draft season, According to Goodbread, he participated in position drills only during FSU’s pro day, standing on his testing results from last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, where he validated the belief that he’s one of the draft’s most freakish athletes.



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