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FSU’s Jalen Ramsey thinks he’s the guy for Tennessee in draft

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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.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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