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Jalen Ramsey won’t be the Top Pick

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On Thursday, it was announced that the Tennessee Titans had traded the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams. The Titans, despite coming off of a 3-13 season, have long been wanting to trade down in the draft in order to get more picks to surround Marcus Mariota with more talent. Meanwhile, the Rams have a major need at the quarterback position as Case Keenum is currently their starter heading into the draft. While the Rams might have paid a big price to land either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, quarterback is the most important position in football and these types of moves need to be made sometimes to land a franchise player.

So with this deal done, what does it mean for Jalen Ramsey?

Before this trade occurred, Jalen Ramsey was commonly linked to the Tennessee Titans with the first overall pick. A native of Tennessee, Ramsey impressed the Titans brass during his Pro Day and recently visited their facilities. He had a chance to become the first defensive back drafted first overall since Gary Glick in 1956.

However, it is now likely that Jalen Ramsey will not be the first overall pick. As previously stated, the Rams most certainly made this move in order to acquire a quarterback. Although defensive back is a need for them, these types of moves are made for franchise quarterbacks, not for defensive backs. As such, Florida State will most likely not be the first team to have back-to-back first overall picks since 1968-69.

Despite this, Ramsey’s draft stock is still at an all-time high. He might be the best overall player in the class and will still be a Top-5 pick. However, as we previously highlighted on NoleGameday, Ramsey has a much better chance of being selected from picks three to five in the draft. The Browns, who pick second overall, still have a major need at quarterback despite signing Robert Griffin III and will likely select whichever quarterback the Rams do not take.

As such, the Chargers at number three come into play for Ramsey. However, the Chargers desperately need a left tackle and Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil will likely be there. If the Chargers pass on Ramsey and select Tunsil, the Cowboys are sitting right there for him. Throughout the course of this offseason, Cowboys players have been vocal in their desire for Ramsey.

Could Ramsey be the next Dallas Cowboy? Or perhaps he falls to the Jacksonville Jaguars at number five? Either way, the coaching staffs in Dallas and Jacksonville are overjoyed that this move was made.

Dakota Moyer

Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.



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