Could Ramsey be a Titan?

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With around a month until the 2016 NFL Draft is upon us, the draft experts are starting to get their mock drafts in order. The Combine is concluded, free agency frenzy is all but over and the only thing standing between now and the draft are informal pre-draft visits. In this dead period of football season, mock drafts are being pumped out by the truckload. While there usually isn’t any sort of consensus among mock drafts of different analysts, experts this year are agreed on one fact: Jalen Ramsey is a top-five pick in this year’s draft.

After an impressive junior season at cornerback, Jalen Ramsey proceeded to blow up the Combine and has been a favorite of draft analysts ever since. While Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle from Ole Miss, was thought to be the lock for the first overall pick by the Tennessee Titans, the momentum for Ramsey has grown ever since his impressive performance in Indianapolis. As such, more and more analysts are starting to get on board with Ramsey being the first overall selection. Although defensive backs aren’t usually considered with the top overall selection, Ramsey is a generational talent, a player that many have compared to future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson, and he fills a position of need in the Titans’ secondary. So with the 2016 draft slowly creeping up on us, where do the top draft experts see Ramsey going?

Draft AnalystOutletRamsey's Draft PositionTeam
Matt MillerBleacher Report1Tennessee Titans
Walter CherepinskyWalter Football1Tennessee Titans
Charlie CampbellWalter Football1Tennessee Titans
Charles DavisNFL.com1Tennessee Titans
Bucky BrooksNFL.com1Tennessee Titans
Josh NorrisRotoworld1Tennessee Titans
Daniel JeremiahNFL.com2Cleveland Browns
Chris BurkeSports Illustrated2Cleveland Browns
Todd McShayESPN3San Diego Chargers
Dane BruglerCBS Sports3San Diego Chargers
Luke EasterlingBleacher Report3San Diego Chargers
Dan KadarSB Nation4Dallas Cowboys
Jonah TulsUSA Today4Dallas Cowboys
Trevor SikkemaSEC Country4Dallas Cowboys
Mel KiperESPN5Jacksonville Jaguars

So far, the favorite draft position for Ramsey seems to be at No. 1 overall. While a defensive back hasn’t been drafted first overall since 1956, Ramsey might be the best overall player in this draft. With the Tennessee Titans, he could play outside cornerback opposite of Jason McCourty or he could step it at either safety spot right away. In a division with Blake Bortles, Brock Osweiler and Andrew Luck, Ramsey’s playmaking abilities will come in handy against teams that want to pass the ball 30+ times per game.

If Ramsey is taken with the first overall pick, it would make Florida State the only school to accomplish the feat of having back-to-back first overall selections since USC in 1968-69.

Dakota Moyer
Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.

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