Jalen Ramsey declares himself “the best player in this year’s draft”

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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.

66 responses to “Jalen Ramsey declares himself “the best player in this year’s draft”

  1. No scout, but I concur. On the other hand, we’ve heard it all before. In the words of BParcells, he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know yet.

  2. Remember a few years ago packer trolls were saying Mike Neil would be the greatest LB of all time! Ready to eat crow? Predictions are a touchy subject.

  3. I have no problem when players say they are the best.. … what are they going to say they are just average? or they are not up to par?

    if you are going to say it out loud just make sure you bring it on the field or give 100% on ever play.

  4. I think about every kid entering the draft says/thinks that. You would be a fool not to, even if it comes across as arrogant.

  5. Safeties are rarely worth #1 pks in the NFL. But, there are examples. EThomas, Polamalu, RLott come to mind. Especially when these hybrid types that are in such vogue in the league.

  6. I will say this if you know a players the best in the draft take him. I don’t watch college football so before the draft all I heard was how Sammy Watkins would be the next best NFL reviver and so I thought the Texans should’ve taken him over clowney, you might not need that position right away but you can’t afford to miss on a player when you have a pick this high. If you think he can play well for your team and help win games I don’t care what position that is.

  7. In all actuality it really does come down to QB vs S .. Who is the QB always trying to look off in the pass game, who is the last line of defense in the run game.. There have been some great game changing safeties over the years. Why cant a safety go #1?

  8. “the last non-quarterback/defensive end/tackle to go first overall was wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson in 1996.”

    Did I miss something and Kansas City converted offensive tackle Eric Fisher to defensive lineman in 2013?

  9. First of all, his statement is twisted. After reading the full statement, it implies he wants to the Titans to take him because “they” believe he’s the best player in the draft, and not because of some preferential treatment of being from Tennessee.

  10. I believe that the last player to declare himself as the best in the draft was Geno Smith……how’s that working out?

  11. If you are picking #1 overall, you should aim for a game changer, somebody that will go to 7 to 10 pro bowls over their career and then its your job to fill out the rest of the roster so that the team will succeed.

    It shouldn’t matter what position it is, unless you don’t already have a franchise QB (Vikings for example), then it might factor into it.

  12. As a Titans fan, I think it would be awesome to have him on the Titans, but Laremy Tunsil would fill a pretty big need too… I think the Titans have to pick one of those two if they stay at #1. I just can’t decide which I would like best.

    Do you go with Ramsey, who will probably be really popular in Nashville (and could be pretty good too), or do you go with Tunsil, who is a lineman, so he won’t be a popular choice, but can fill a big hole and protect Mariota (which is the coaches’ #1 goal)?

  13. It is hard to pass up on a rock that could anchor your offensive line for the next decade to grab a flashy defensive player first over all. Then again, if this kid is the next Champ Bailey or Troy Polumalu, you don’t want to be kicking yourself for drafting the next Luke Joeckel.

  14. I heard his friends didn’t come to his 21st b-day party and he didn’t return the $100 bill in the back of one team’s playbook. Hear that teams picking 1-9?

  15. I hope the Chargers pass on him but they probably won’t. that is why they are continually horrible. Telesco does not have a clue when it comes to the draft.

  16. Now that there’s a rookie wage scale, and now that we’ve seen “safe” picks like tackles aren’t actually safe, if he’s who the Titans want they should go ahead and draft him. This looks like a pretty weak draft class all in all, all the more reason to just take the player you want.

  17. yeah…. RGme started spouting this nonsense just before the draft also… and that worked out great

  18. Rdog says:
    Mar 29, 2016 3:48 PM

    As a Titans fan, I think it would be awesome to have him on the Titans, but Laremy Tunsil would fill a pretty big need too… I think the Titans have to pick one of those two if they stay at #1. I just can’t decide which I would like best.

    Do you go with Ramsey, who will probably be really popular in Nashville (and could be pretty good too), or do you go with Tunsil, who is a lineman, so he won’t be a popular choice, but can fill a big hole and protect Mariota (which is the coaches’ #1 goal)?
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    Drafting Tunsil would fix two spots on the O-line because it would allow Bell to slide inside at LG. If Ramsey turns out to be the next Prime Time though, we’ll be hating on this draft for years to come.

  19. First of all, He is a great player BUT the best player would have been the other Jalen! As in Smith the LB from Notre Dame. That injury and Dr. diagnoses all but killed him to a very late pick. I think even Myles Jack is a slightly better player than Jalen Smith, but he also has an injury question mark looming. So, yeah, best player with a huge *.

    TN is crazy to not select. Tunsil. The only way for them to get better is protect Mariota. The Top 6 players are great this year the next 10 will make impacts and after that…who knows. This year has 2-3 decent QBs, 1 great RB and a ton of DT’s. The rest would be 2nd rounders in other years.

  20. 3 first-round picks on the line will want first-round money when their contracts are up. There are ways to protect Mariota without spending the first pick to do it. Tons of starting linemen in the league are found in later rounds. And you can’t neglect the defense, they need some young talent.

  21. The Titans should trade down to 4 with the Cowboys for their 1st and some late round picks. Then at 4, the Titans should trade down again with the Eagles for their 1 and some late round picks. The Titans can disrupt everyone’s ideal of this draft and probably turn over the apple-cart and still get Jalen Ramsey (if the Chargers don’t take him first). But, if they lose out on Ramsey they have bought several later round picks in exchange for their 1st. And if you want to build a contender, it helps if you can find talent in later rounds. Go draft 1st rounders if you really believe in them. But, those guys cost too much too early in their careers. Smart GMs that build through the draft do it on the cheap with late round picks and undrafted free agents.

  22. Titans should draft Ramsey #1, and then take the best available OT with #33 to be the RT. Whilst Tunsil and Lewan would be fantastic as the bookends, it’s too much value on one position when it could/should be spread more evenly across the roster.

  23. If the Titans draft anything other than defense they’re stupid stupid stupid….2 outta their last 3 first round picks were spent on offensive line….If they spend another high pick on offensive line, it’s no different than the Lions drafting a 1st round WR 3 out of 4 years…and we know how that played out…

    Defense wins Championships… Not offensive lineman…

  24. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 3:15 PM
    Remember a few years ago packer trolls were saying Mike Neil would be the greatest LB of all time! Ready to eat crow? Predictions are a touchy subject.
    ===================================

    They also claimed that A.J. Hawk was the best LB in the league the day he stepped up to the podium.

  25. Jalen could well be the best player in the Draft but teams invariably make their selections based on their needs and then sell it to their fans as “the best player available”.
    Yearning for the day when a GM is honest enough to admit it.

  26. And remember that crazy prediction way back in early 2010 when everyone said the Packers would have 10 wins, 2 losses and a tie with the Vikings over the next six years. Remember how insane that level of dominance sounded…

    Oh wait, thats exactly what happened. Interesting.

  27. I’ll declare myself the best player of next year’s draft then. And I’m not even playing. I admire the confidence this guy has, but I do see this every year, and it does get kind of predictable. But what else is going to be said? Eh.

  28. He’s the most “can’t miss” player for sure. He’s a lock down corner and a big play guy. A super impact player. He’d be hard to pass up.

  29. I could be wrong but I think he tackles very well and defends the run extremely well plus can knock down passes. Go get him Jags!!!

  30. Lol. He is the best corner in the draft. He can play safety, MLB, and WLB in a Tampa Two type scheme.

    Bottom line though, he is the best corner in the draft and he is a freak.

  31. If a safety and a defensive end going into the same draft had the same percentage chance at becoming the next Ronnie Lott and Bruce Smith at their respective positions, which would you take #1 overall?

  32. The Titans have been drafting and signing OL for three or four years now, trying to fix that awful line, and haven’t managed to get it right yet. One more OL isn’t going to fix it. Draft Ramsey, a potential game-changing player (not to mention a player in a position, maybe two positions, of need), and be done with it. They already signed two linemen this offseason and hired a new line coach. Take the playmaker #1!

  33. I think it’s a great idea to draft a hometown kid. That way he can bring all of his “boys” to practice with him and then they can go partying right afterward and spend all of his money..!

  34. Chest thumping idiots.
    Everyone in the draft is “the best”! Get over yourselves. This is the result of declaring that everyone is special and a winner from the time they are born. Um, no, you are not “the best”. You may be good, but you are a long shot from being “the best”. And you always will be.

  35. Take him Titans, the Chiefs went the safe route in ’13 when there was no clear pick at #1. Fisher has finally become serviceable at LT but he still hasn’t lived up to being #1 overall and probably never will.
    When you have the chance to get a game-changer, you take it.

  36. Indianapolis – Passing team
    Jacksonville – Passing team
    Houston – Just signed Osweiler and Miller (pass catching RB) and have a great young WR in Hopkins.

    It would probably be smart if Tennessee had as many good cover men as possible.

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