Ramsey where he wants to be

Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey woke up Saturday morning devastated. He had wanted Washington to draft him. He kept hearing the Redskins no longer were interested.Even when his phone rang just before the Redskins turn in the first round, Ramsey wasn't convinced they wanted him. It wasn't until he checked the area code on his caller ID that he realized he would go where he wanted.

''To be honest with you the front office did a tremendous job of fooling everyone,'' Ramsey said. ''I didn't know 10 minutes before the draft pick . . .What I had been told is they had dropped their interest in me. When I got the call I was so excited. That devastation has turned into such excitement.''

When ESPN's draft analysts started talking about Ramsey being a good fit for St. Louis, drafting ahead of Washington, the newest Redskin didn't like it. As wide open as the Rams are, Ramsey wanted to play for Washington because of coach Steve Spurrier. And because he saw the competition at quarterback as wide open.

None of the other three quarterbacks on Washington's roster--Danny Wuerffel, Sage Rosenfels and Dameyune Craig--are experienced starters. Ramsey knows there's a chance he could start immediately.

''It's a quarterback's dream to play for Spurrier,'' Ramsey said. ''I think any high school kid in America would like to have played for him in college and now I get the best of both worlds. I get to go to the NFL and I get to be coached by coach Spurrier.''

Ramsey started for three seasons at Tulane, throwing for 9,205 yards, 72 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. He graduated cum laude in December with a double major in accounting and finance.

But he's convinced he would not have been a first-round pick had he not worked so hard after December. Ramsey worked with former NFL coach and quarterback, Zeke Bratkowski every week. And Ramsey worked on his conditioning with Mackie Shilstone, who also taught Ramsey to eat better.

It worked: Ramsey dropped 12 pounds to 220 and landed in the first round.

''Zeke did so much for me as far as fundamentals,'' Ramsey said. ''How to throw the ball, what velocity and how much touch to put on certain balls. He also did a tremendous job preparing me for life in the NFL.

''I've been told I was the purest passer out of all of us [David Carr and Joey Harrington] as far as throwing the ball. My techniques were above average prior to working out with Coach Bratkowski. After I worked with him a while it really helped me out. What evone told me was that my techniques were better as far as throwing the ball.''

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.

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