FSU Defensive Back Jalen Ramsey Drafted 5th Overall In The 2016 NFL Draft

Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey was selected fifth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. He becomes just the third Florida State defensive back to be drafted inside the Top-5, and the first since 1992. He joins Terrell Buckley and Deion Sanders as the only Florida State defensive backs to accomplish this feat. 

Ramsey was a three year starter for the Seminoles at three different positions. As a freshman he started at corner back for the first three games, but moved to free safety due to an injury. He became the first true freshman to start at cornerback for the Seminoles since Deion Sanders. He was named to multiple freshmen All-American teams.

As a sophomore he moved to the star position, and was named a USA Today and Scout.com first team All-American as well as being named a second team All-American by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Sports Illustrated. He also captured first team All-ACC honors. 

Ramsey moved back to cornerback for his junior season, and excelled once again. Ramsey was also the starting kickoff returner, and most teams avoided him in favor of Kermit Whitfield, who is one of the fastest players in college football. He was named a consensus All-American, the 36th consensus All-American in Florida State history. 

By being such a versatile athlete, Ramsey's stat lines dip into every area of the defense. He finished his career at Florida State with 181 tackles, 3 interceptions, 15 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 23 pass break ups, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble returns for touchdowns, and 1 blocked extra point. 

Ramsey also ran track for the Seminoles, and was the ACC long jump champion in 2015. He was a part of the 4 x 100 ACC champion relay team in 2014 and 2015. 

Ramsey becomes the ninth Seminole to be drafted in the first round of the Jimbo Fisher era. Only Alabama has had more first round picks during that time. 


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