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Meet the Prospect: Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey

Schools like Alabama, Cal, Florida, Ohio St and others hosted pro days to give players more exposure to NFL personnel ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft. runs down the list of top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. We continue our "Meet the Prospect" series with Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

First Glance

Although most early mock drafts projected the Tennessee Titans to upgrade their offensive line with the No. 1 overall selection, recent buzz has propelled Ramsey into the top-pick conversation.

Ramsey has the versatility to play all over an NFL's team secondary, but a majority of scouts view him as a press-cornerback with the potential to lock down opposing wideouts. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report is so high on Ramsey that he gave the defensive back his best grade of any player in the last three draft classes

The 49ers appear to be in good shape at safety, but Ramsey could significantly alter the competition at cornerback with the likes of Tramaine Brock, Kenneth Acker, Keith Reaser and Dontae Johnson if he falls to No. 7.


Height: 6-1

Weight: 209

Arm length: 33 3/8 inches

Hand Size: 9 1/2 inches Pro Comparison

Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith

Best College Game

Ramsey earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his Nov. 15, 2014 performance against the rival Miami Hurricanes. His name was littered all over the box score in the dramatic, 30-26, Florida State win. Ramsey tallied three tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, four pass breakups, a blocked kick and a game-sealing interception with 39 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Not a bad day's work.

Combine Statistics

40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds

Bench press: 14 reps

Vertical jump: 41.5 inches (first among defensive backs)

Broad jump:  135 inches (first among defensive backs)

3 cone drill: 6.94 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds

Mock Draft Connections

ESPN's Todd McShay – No. 5 overall pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein – No. 3 overall pick (San Diego Chargers)

NFL Media's Charles Davis – No. 1 overall pick (Tennessee Titans)

What the Media is Saying…

"Ramsey is a tremendous athlete, but his best asset is his ability to think on the field and mentally handle all the different assignments thrown at him by the Florida State coaches. He's played cornerback, safety and a "Star" position (like a nickel safety) and handled them at a very high level. In 2015, playing boundary corner, he held opposing quarterbacks to a 55 percent completion percentage but only gave up a ridiculous 315 yards on 37 catches while allowing just one touchdown all season." – Bleacher Report's Matt Miller

"Press-­cover corner with disruptive length to fluster receivers and the makeup speed/leaping ability to stymie downfield attacks. Ramsey made more plays on the ball from the slot last year, but his ability to jam and trail receivers limited playmaking opportunities this year. Ramsey has All-Pro potential and traits, but could use a little more bravado and attitude play in and play out." –'s Lance Zierlein

"It's rare to see defensive backs mentioned as worthy of the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft, but Ramsey deserves it with his natural playmaking skills. He can play cornerback (inside or outside), but his best NFL fit is in a nickel or safety role. Uses his length exceptionally to press, get his hands on the ball, wrap tackle and shed blocks. Effective dip and bend as an edge blitzer." – CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

Fun Fact

Not only is Ramsey an elite NFL Draft prospect, he's a world-class jumper. In high school, Ramsey set a Tennessee state record for the long jump and won a state title in the decathlon. As a sophomore at Florida State, Ramsey won the ACC long jump title at both the outdoor and indoor championships. He later earned All-America honors after placing fourth at nationals. Ramsey has gone on record with his desire to one day compete in the Olympics. "That's definitely a goal," he said.

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This photo is from three years ago, but still, it appears as if Ramsey already has love for the red and golf.

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