Former Florida State All-American defensive back Jalen Ramsey did not have far to travel for his pre-draft visit at St. Thomas Sports park Monday.
The Smyrna, Tenn. product and Brentwood Academy star is highly regarded in this year’s NFL Draft and is considered by many to be the overall best player in this year’s class. With the Tennessee Titans holding the first overall pick, Ramsey seemed to want to make every effort to convince the team that he should be their selection.
“I feel like this is one of the last impressions that I’ll be able to make on them,’’ Ramsey said of his visit with the Titans. “I feel like I’ve done everything in my power leading up to now, and I just have to finish it off strong and that is what I am here to do.”
Most mock drafts, like those of ESPN’s Todd McShay, have liked Tennessee to former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. But, at FSU’s pro day last month, a large delegation of Titans’ representatives were in attendance to see Ramsey in action.
By all accounts, coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson were impressed.
Now, with reports that the Titans have a “solid offer” in place for the first pick, the drafting of Tunsil no longer seems like such a certainty. One would imagine that Ramsey would relish in that.
““I don’t feel like I have to really sell them on anything,” said Ramsey of the Titans. “It’s just the person I am, the player I am. I am an open book. Any questions they have, I can answer them.”
And, should the Titans decide to veer from the experts’ draft predictions and take Ramsey at the top spot or trade down for him, what then?
“They are going to get the best player in this draft class,” said Ramsey in his interview with TitansOnline.com. “They are going to get the hardest worker in this draft class. They are going to get a corner, they are going to get a safety, they are going to get a nickel, and they are going to get a special teams player. They are going to get a leader, they are going to get a guy who gives them longevity.”
“They are going to get the total package.”