Don’t take him because he’s local. Take him because he’s the best.
Such was the message from Jalen Ramsey of FSU to the Tennessee Titans when it comes to the upcoming NFL draft.
“I would love for them to draft me,” Ramsey told the team’s official website. “But I don’t want them to draft me because I am a hometown kid. I don’t want them to draft me because I’m a kid from Tennessee. I want them to draft mebecause I am the best player in this year’s draft. Being from Tennessee, that’s icing on the cake.”
Ramsey is considered to be one of the top players in the draft. But no cornerback or safety has ever gone No. 1 overall. In fact, Keyshawn Johnson in 1996 was the last player who wasn’t a quarterback or defensive lineman to go No. 1.
Ramsey worked out at both corner and safety for the Titans.
“He was smooth and fluid at both positions,” said Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson, a former Bucs’ scout. “He was able to transition and get out of his breaks really quickly. He has good catching skills, very good leaping ability. He tracks the ball very well.”