-Ramsey plays with a tremendous amount of energy and spirit. Appears to truly love football and almost seems to be like a coach on the field, telling teammates what they did wrong on negative plays. He plays a with EXTREME confidence on the field, and loves to talk trash to the opposition. Very Richard Sherman-like swagger to him.
-It is unfair to categorize Ramsey as a safety or a cornerback with how Florida State used him his sophomore year. He was a a "swiss army knife" of defensive backs, lining up deep at cover safety, in the slot as a nickel (mostly press) corner near the line of scrimmage, or as a blitzing DB. Junior year, the Seminoles lined Ramsey up as an outside press corner for a majority of snaps, but he can ultimately play either CB or FS at the next level.
-Ramsey can certainly be categorized as a "playmaking safety." On the opening defensive play vs. Miami (0:11), you will see Ramsey get beat inside by TE Clive Walford but stay aggressive in the pursuit and rip the ball out of Walford's hands on the tackle, forcing a fumble and causing a turnover. He is also an outstanding blitzer out of the slot, you can see Ramsey beat a first round LT in Ereck Flowers around the outside and force an errant pass (9:55).
-Shows strong pursuit in the run game and takes good angles to the ball-carrier. Extremely physical & sound tackler for only being 206 pounds. At 4:11 vs Oregon, you can see Ramsey sift through traffic and make a hard Touchdown saving tackle on the WR.
-Ramsey demonstrates elite instincts as a football player and once he diagnoses the play, has exceptional closing speed. Outstanding football IQ and supreme field awareness. At 5:48 vs. Boston College, Ramsey scoops up a loose fumble with one hand while everyone else thinks the play is dead and takes it for 6.
-Does an excellent job of coverage vs. slant routes. Ramsey is a quick twitch athlete with elite agility, so while he might struggle and get overpowered vs. a Rob Gronkowski on the next level, he will do a great job of shutting down a Julian Edelman. You can see how he reads the slant at 6:10 vs. Notre Dame, jumps the route, and gets the pass break up.
-When lined up on the outside, Ramsey's length and physicality really show up. You want to see a press CB? Watch Jalen Ramsey throw a Louisville WR out of the club (2:30).
-Ramsey is a special teams maven - a rarity for a blue chip NFL prospect like Ramsey. He lines up as the right gunner in punt formations and used his superior athleticism to block FGs and PATs (had one vs. Miami in 2014). Will certainly be a positive in his draft evaluation.
-Ramsey is also a track star at Florida State as a relay sprinter and long jumper. He was a three-time All-ACC honoree as a member of the Florida State Indoor and Outdoor championship track and field team in 2013. He is going to light up the NFL Combine in the 40 yard, short shuttle and both broad and vertical jump.
-Ramsey seems like a good kid off the field. The only time he has gotten in trouble is when Jimbo Fisher had to kick him out of practice for hitting Jameis Winston too hard. Might be a positive, actually.
-Accolades include First Team All-ACC (2014), Second Team AP All-American (2014), ACC Champion (2013, 2014) and BCS National Champion (2014). Was the first true freshman CB to start every game at CB since Deion Sanders.
-We mentioned Ramsey's versatility as a strength, but it can also be a negative. At times, it seems like it is almost too much responsibility for Ramsey to swallow, and he loses assignments and gets lost in coverage. I would try to lock Ramsey down to one position and work with a strong DB coach to master it rather than trying to play several spots in the secondary.
-Can struggle with play recognition and occasionally gets caught trying to cheat. At 5:53 vs Oregon (second video above), you can see Ramsey bite on the Mariota play action fake and lose his assignment on a long TD catch. Oregon in the 2014 CFB Playoff was perhaps his worst game, and it still wasn't that bad.
-Will sometimes lose concentration and drop easy interceptions. Definitely perceive this to be a concentration issue vs. a hands issue. At 2:51 in the Oregon game, you'll see Ramsey diagnose the Mariota throw, close on the ball, but just lets it fall through his hands for what would have been ca crucial red zone takeaway.
-Struggles getting off WR/TE blocks and is definitely not a box safety. Perhaps the only position that he can't play in the secondary.
-Overall, Ramsey's ceiling in the NFL could be a Top 3 free safety if he focuses on playing just that position, and his floor is being an elite slot CB. And that's his floor. Safe prospect and probably the best defensive back prospect coming out of the collegiate ranks since Eric Berry.
GRADE: 86 OVERALL
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NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: Charles Woodson
40 YARD TIME: TBD
BENCH PRESS: TBD
3 CONE DRILL: TBD
SHORT SHUTTLE: TBD
VERTICAL JUMP: TBD
BROAD JUMP: TBD
BEST TEAM FITS: Titans (CB), Jaguars (FS), Ravens (CB), Buccaneers (FS), 49ers (CB), Bears (FS), Dolphins (FS)
PROJECTION: TOP 5
JALEN RAMSEY CAREER STATS
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