Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey grew up in Nashville, but he has a different reason for hoping the Titans draft him first overall.
“Especially for the Titans and their fans out there, I would love for them to draft me,’’ Ramsey said, via Jim Wyatt of 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 am a kid from Tennessee.
“I want them to draft me because I am the best player in this year’s draft and being from Tennessee, that’s icing on the cake.”
Ramsey is certainly in the conversation, based on his play in college and an eye-opening Combine. Of course, it’s rare for a defensive back to be chosen so high, with the premium on quarterbacks and the guys who chase and protect them.
No cornerback has been chosen first overall, and the last non-quarterback/defensive end/tackle to go first overall was wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson in 1996.
During Tuesday’s workout, Ramsey worked at both safety and cornerback, and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson came away impressed.
“He was smooth and fluid at both positions,” Robinson said. “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.
“He can play both positions. It’s a unique skill-set, and you see it more from offensive linemen, who can play guard and center or guard and tackle. But to have a defensive back who can play safety and corner, which is really two totally different positions, it’s a unique skill set to have.”
The Titans are also going to bring Ramsey in for a private visit before the draft, and he gives them something to think about, as they try to convince the league the first pick is for sale.