Jalen Ramsey believes he is the best player in the 2016 NFL draft class, and on Tuesday following his pro-day, he said it in delivering a message to Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robins and head coach Mike Mularkey, who were part of the team's contingent that took in the workouts at Florida State.
“I want them to pick because I’m the best player in this year’s draft, not just because I’m a guy from Tennessee. That’s just icing on the cake,” Ramsey said following his pro day in a Warpaint.com video. “I want them to really feel like I’m the best player in this draft. I definitely feel like I am, and feel like I continue to show it throughout the Combine, my pro day and wherever they want me to show it, I’ll continue to show it.”
Ramsey, who is from Smyrna, and prepped at Brentwood Academy has been open about his desire to be a Titans and have his hometown team make him the number one overall selection in next month's draft.
A consensus top five talent, and the best defensive back in the draft, Ramsey can play either corner or safety which leads to the only real question about him. Where will he play in the NFL?
The Titans could use help at both places, though it would seem that Ramsey would step into a safety role for the Titans with the recently signed free-agent Rashad Johnson to compete for a starting spot.
“Anywhere a team needs me, honestly. I’ve played corner, I’ve played safety and I’ve played nickel," said Ramsey. "I would love to play corner, but I’m versatile, so any team that wants me to play wherever, I can play there immediately.”
Ramsey is nothing if not confident and talked about his resume and why he believes he is the best player in this class.
“I’ve proven it. I’ve got the resume for it. You can watch my game film, wherever you want to put the spotlight on me, wherever you want to try and put the pressure on me, I’m gonna step up to the challenge. I’m a competitor and I’m a winner,” Ramsey said. “That’s just what I do. I’m going to control what I can control and always have my supporters behind my back. As long as I’m giving my best, I know I’ll be satisfied with myself at the end of the day. “
The Titans witnessed both top prospects in Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil on Monday and Ramsey on Tuesday, so there will be lots of first hand information for Robinson and staff to use to make their final decision.