Jalen Ramsey-  CB/FS FLA ST

6-1 1/4, 209, (O 4.41), 

33.3" Arms, 14 Reps,

41.5" Vert! 11'3" Broad!

6/94 3-Cone, 4.18 SS,

He Checks All The Boxes.

By TOM

Ramsey just kept proving that he was one of the top talents in the Draft over and over again. He is the best press CB prospect in this Draft, and the best free safety prospect, and the best strong safety prospect. "I think most teams would like to believe he's a corner because there's more value attached to that," Mayock said. "Could he be Patrick Peterson, for instance? He's got length. He's got world-class speed. Even when he gets beat off the line of scrimmage in press coverage, it's amazing to see his catch-up speed. It's like "beep-beep" and he's there. That's on the positive side." And I think that he could play some LB.

I love when he goes up on the line and challenges the WR. There is nothing like a great press CB who can make a team left handed, like Revis. You line hi up on the QB's right and he takes away his number one WR. That is what Ramsey has a shot of becoming, and that worth his weight in gold. He makes WRs stop running patterns. No one is better at shutting down patterns while pedaling, shuffling, or running with the WR.

He is always at his best when he extends his arms to give great physical jabs and jams. They have him zone in the flat more than I like, but it so he can see the ball more. "Where I have to do more work and I think NFL teams feel like they have to also is A) Can he find the ball with his back to the quarterback?," Mayock said. "And B) Can you invest a high draft pick in a defensive back that doesn't turn the ball over regularly. He didn't get a lot of interceptions. I don't think he had any this year. That's the conversation." When he lines up in Press he takes away angles that QBs can throw into better than any CB in this Draft. He takes the pass away before it is thrown.

Plus, he can Jam guys at the line, and destroy the pattern before it starts. He is most physical Corner I have seen in a long time. "Everybody loves him," Mayock said. " Everybody believes in him, but what about his on-ball productions at the corner position? Everybody knows he can play free safety. With his eyes on the quarterback, would he be effective in turning the ball over more frequently using that great speed at free safety? That's the conversation. There's no knock on him there. I'm just saying that's the conversation." He caught every ball thrown to him at the Combine.

He does a great job being a Corner in Press, and then turning into a safety when they run. he just has that knack for making the big play. He can look like he is doing nothing, and all of a sudden he is running downfield with the ball in his hands. he has a freakish ability to make game winning plays in the 4th quarter. 

He understands the team game and where he needs to be to help his team the most. He knows that sometimes staying over the top to slow the RB so a teammate can make the play is the best option. he is so good at making blockers moss on the second level. He destroys blockers out in space in every way. He can punch them and stagger them so they can't even touch him. He can grab their shirt, and throw them to the ground. He can do a little dance and protect the sideline as well as any CB I've seen. He lets the blockers set up sometimes, and then protects the sideline or deep at will. Amazing understanding of positioning in run defense.

He can struggle with Option runs. He can still play the run like a safety. When he is in off and they run to his side, he looks like a box safety against the run. He is so physical in run defense. He gets so much attention from the defense that they try to double him on the second and third levels in runs to the other side. He is so great at keeping his position on the field. He knows where he is and when he has help over the top or to the outside, and plays the ball carrier accordingly. He knows when he has to stay over the top as the last line of defense, and when he has to protect the sideline. He played enough Safety to understand and see the game like a safety, and he has played enough CB to see and understand his positioning as a CB, and he has the ability to flip flop back and forth as is needed to stop the offense.

He does get fooled by play action a little more than he should. That is his biggest weakness, which is not that bad. Team will purposely not line up WRs on his side, and run to the opposite side when he switches sides. Just his presence on the field changes what offenses do, and there is no better compliment for a defender than that. They line up WRs on his side to block him on passing downs. QBs never look to his side on 3rd down. They specifically set up plays on important downs to go to the opposite of the field, and when he switches sides they check down to runs off tackle on the other side.

He is a great blitzer. He times it so well, ad if the QB tries to throw over him he has elite hops to leap up and knock the ball down. He is also a Jammer on punts. He is an elite run defender for a CB. You can see he played safety, the way he takes on blockers. He can shed TEs and FBs like they are WRs. He is a great special teams player. He returned kick off last, and made plays in coverage on kickoffs.

Houston: The Houston WRs stopped running patterns when Ramsey was lined up on him on the right. He is terrific on the run blitz and can take out the QB on the option run before anyone else knows what happened. He is the leader of the secondary and makes the checks. He is so good at shuffling a little inside, and then hopping outside to mirror the release of the WR. He is a big CB/FS who has elite feet. When he is locked onto a WR he is so quick moving side to side in front of him. Houston was so afraid of him in the Bowl game that when he was lined up on the right they threw left, and when he was lined up on the left they'd throw right, every time. When he moved over to the left side, the QB threw two straight passes, and turn his back to the left side and never looked left once. That is respect from an opponent. 

FLA ST: He has the speed to run down the sideline with the smaller speed WRs. Terrific tackler outside on the edge. He is the biggest and most physical of the top three CBs. Terrific covering the RB out of the backfield. He will zone the flat sometimes. He covers punts. When he zones the flat, and the QB runs to his side, and goes and gets him with great aggression. Great physical tackler. He can really hit. I love how he slows down patterns by weaving in front of the WR in his pedal, and destroys the timing of the pattern before it can start.

Miami: Miami ran a WR screen to his side, He lined up in front of the bunch. Both WRs in front of the WR catching the ball attacked Ramsey, and double teamed him at the point. I have never seen two WRs double a CB on a bubble screen before. The outside WR cut him, as the other WR went high and tackled him over the WR diving into his legs. He was just purposely chop blocked by two CBs on a bubble screen. And not just chop blocked, but high-lowed by them as one guy dived at his knees and the other dived elbow first at his head (:45). That's how scared Miami was of him. And they were right, because he got up off the turf and made the tackle. That is one of the most incredible plays I have ever seen on the football field. Opponents fear him and scheme against him more than any CB I have seen since Dion Sanders, and he still makes plays. No one has better feet pedaling backwards in front of the WR. When he is in his pedal and extends an arm to the WR, the pattern is done. He swivels his hips quicker than anyone in this draft from pedal to shuffle.

BC: He will line up like an OLB when they don't put anyone on his side and blitz. He likes to press, but he more dances in front of the WR to slow his release, but I like when he gets his hands up and jams the WR a little. He has the feet to recover and should jam the WR more. Of course it is hard to argue with his results. 

Ramsey Vs. BC 2015:

He starts off the BC game with a kick return (0:01). I love him in Press. Watch him open his hips and run with the WR while watching the QB (0:08). I think he is the best Press Corner in the Draft. He turns and runs sideways straight down the field with the WR (0:37). Sometimes you can see how he played Safety (0:44). Watch him run around the tight end and get in front of the RB.

I like how he timed this blitz, and then he saw the QB wind up. So he slowed and timed his leap perfectly (0:53). Here he is blocking on the punt return (1:04). He does a nice job taking on the block with his arms extended, and then tosses the puny FB to the ground. There is not another CB in the Draft who could do that (1:15). He still made the checks and calls even though he was a CB and not the Safety any more (1:27). He trapped outside by the TE, as he read the run too late. But then watch how he tosses him aside like the FB. He plays so tough and strong that it is freaky.

BC has consistently refused to line up WRs in front of him. Here he is back up in Press. He lets the WR as the safety comes over, and was fooled by peeking into the backfield (1:37). The QB never even looked to his side, and it looked like the WR on his side was running towards him to block him (1:53). He lines up the blindside to Press the outside WR. They run the option to the other side, but the QB keeps it runs to Ramsey's side (2:03). He loves that side shuffle technique that Josh Norman made so famous this year. He looks like he is boxing the WR out as he stare at the QB.

He turns outside this time, and shadows the WR to the sideline. He runs with the WR deep, and pushes him to the ground. He is so strong that WR goes flying to the ground, and it looks like pass interference in the NFL (2:19). Here he is in punt coverage. He blocks, then is the first one down field to cover the punt (2:37). Here he is protecting the sideline from the running QB. He has trouble seeing who has the ball on option runs a lot (2:45). He must be coached to stick with the outside guy on Option runs.

When he sees the lane, he can play the run like a down hill safety (2:52). You can see the second WR come over to try and block on the run away from him. But he uses his great feet to hop past and get deep in front of the RB (3:01). This is such great run defense. You can't play it any better than this (3:12). Watch hi the outside contain form the blocker. He has to protect the sideline, adn he knows it. He could have gotten more aggressive and tackled him sooner, maybe. But if he missed that tackle and the RB got the sideline it would be a 60-yard TD. He gets blocked a little by the WR, but takes back the edge. The RB sees that if he gets the sideline he could be gone. He sees 81 with the block, and breaks outside. But Ramsey knows it and slips #81, and all's the RB can do is run into him. That is such a great defensive play that really shows that he understands what and where he is on the field, and what his responsibilities are.

He protects the sideline again. If that RB gets the sideline it is big trouble, and just cutting him off allows his team mate to make the tackle (3:25). He gets a little too aggressive there like a Safety filling the wrong hole, but he keeps the RB inside so the Safety can get him (3:41). You get a great look at him here dancing with the QB to protect the sideline out in space (3:54). He sits back and waits for the RB to make a decision. Then watch the heavy hands as he attacks the blocker, knocks him violently back, and takes the sideline (4:09). Watch the Ole' move on the blocking tight end (4:15). Not as thrilled with him as a zone Corner (4:23). Do you want to see why I like him Press (4:30). Watch how physical he is with the WR within five yards. Watch the jab and the hip swivel. Then the second jab, and the recovery, and he is running down field on the WR's feet.

Watch the hips and fete as he turns and jams the WR as he protects the sideline (4:38). Watch the hips as he turns and shuttle sideways down the sideline (4:47). This is when he looks like a FS. He drops from the flat like a safety, and then comes up to hit the QB like a safety (4:56). He gets that great jam with his outside hand, and the route is over. So he can look back at the backfield. Then he's a safety blitzing into the backfield (5:04). The WR traps him into a block, and shoves him back a bit (5:24). But watch the recovery. as he shoves him past the magic yellow line, and makes the tackle.

He just has that knack for making the big play. This play is why I did this game. He is off minding his own business in flat, and looks like he gives up as the RB gets tackled. Then the ball pops out, and he snags it like stealing a dribble. The he is off running into the endzone to seal the game (5:39). He blitzes off the edge, and force the bad throw (6:01). It is uncanny how he comes up with turnovers in the 4th quarter. 

Ramsey Vs. BC 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvxsUv2_56Y

Previously Released:

He might be the top player in this Draft, 41.5" Vert 11'3" Broad Jump to go along with a 4.41 at 209 pounds are huge numbers. Nice quick pedal. Nice snap in his hips. Can get a little off balance in transition sometimes, but is explosive out of transition turning and running. He is so smooth going back after the ball. He moved back to CB in 2014, and plays a big physical game. He uses his long arms well in jam. He can make a mistake in the Jam and hop back and in position with impressive suddenness. He continues to make the big plays in the big games. He had a huge scoop and score against BC to put the game away in the 4th. He is a 4th quarter player.

Plus, he is also a track guy who dominate on the track as well. 2015 FSU Track and Field: Won the ACC long jump title at the outdoor and indoor championships...won the conference outdoor title with a leap of 26-1.5 (7.96m) and also ran lead-off leg on ACC outdoor champion 4x100 relay (39.28)...added a seventh-place finish in 100 (10.61w)...finished 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump after collecting All-America honors with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 26-1.75.

He is an amazing do everything player. No matter were you put him on the field he makes plays. In 2014: He earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his performance at Miami where he registered three tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble on the Hurricanes’ first offensive play, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and sealed the win with an interception.

He made numerous game winning and changing plays throughout his career. He is one of the most clutch players to ever play CB in the FBS. He finished his career with 180 tackles (119 solo), 15.5 TFLs, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 23 pass break-ups to go along with three interceptions…started all 41 games in his three years at Florida State…was named the team’s Defensive MVP, along with DeMarcus Walker, at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015.

Ramsey might be the best CB prospect, and the best safety prospect. "He's being evaluated at both spots," a scout said. "But the strong feeling is that his playmaking ability is best served as a safety. Where his speed and size will allow him to best match tight ends, and slot receivers. He's a good tackler, too." He is such a unique talent. He is a great in coverage. He is a great leader. He is great in the clutch. How many game winning plays did he make the last three years. "We had a great talk," Fisher said. "I get upset and get emotional, and Jalen does, too. He's a great kid. He's intelligent. He's smart. He's got upset. I got upset. That's ball. We move on. The kid is a great kid, and he's a leader on our team." Plus, he is tough as nails. Great open field tackler. How many clutch tackles did make when things broke down everywhere else on the defense. He is just as good in Off and he is in Press. He also played some Zone at FLA ST. Plus, he always looks like the one of the smartest guys on the field when he plays.

 

2014 Bio:

Ramsey is a truly great athlete. He he lines up at CB, Slot CB, Box Safety, OLB, and Free Safety. He also runs track and field for FLA ST. He won the ACC long jump title with an incredible jump of 26-1.5", and was named an All-America Long Jumper:

2015 FSU Track and Field: Won the ACC long jump title at the outdoor and indoor championships...won the conference outdoor title with a leap of 26-1.5 (7.96m) and also ran lead-off leg on ACC outdoor champion 4x100 relay (39.28)...added a seventh-place finish in 100 (10.61w)...finished 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump after collecting All-America honors with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 26-1.75.

He was one of my favorite players from last season. I see him as more of a Safety. However, he did run track for FLA ST this year. He ran lead off for the Relay team. So maybe he does have the speed to play corner. His coach certainly thinks so. "Jimbo Fisher says Jalen Ramsey can play safety but is an NFL cornerback. 'Like Xavier Rhodes but faster. Taller'." I still see him as a  box Safety who can also cover. He makes plays in the middle of field as well as any defender in this Draft. But he also can step outside and play Press Corner. Plays a lot of off corner in the Slot. 

He is likely to be more of a Corner in 2015 with both starting Corners from last season now in the NFL. However, he has that knack for getting into position to make the tackle from the Safety position. He is such a big DB. He is built like a Strong Safety, but covers like a Corner. That is a tough commodity to find. Some will see him as a Corner, but I think most NFL guys will see him as a big Safety who can cover the Slot and the tight end down the seam. He will also line up like an OLB, fake the blitz, and bounce outside and do a nice job covering the Slot WR. 

He can look like an ILB when he plays in the Box. He can look like an OLB when he plays on the line. He can look like a cover Corner on the outside. And I think he looks at his best as a FS, where he will also step up into the slot and cover the Slot WR or TE. There just aren’t many players who can do all those things as well as he does.

He does a nice job cutting off the pattern when the QB wants to throw. Sets the edge well. Goes for the ball a lot. Covers punts. Terrific blitzer from the slot. He plays a lot of FS-Off for FLA ST, and he makes it very hard for a QB to go his way. He seems to arrive at the WR as he is make his break, and the QB is deciding whether to throw to him or not. He makes it very hard for a QB to want to throw to his man in Off coverage. He also seems to have a great knack for when to come off coverage and go and get the ball or the WR with the ball.

 

Ramsey Vs Miami:

2014: Dominant and versatile All-American who established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive backs in 2014…started all 14 games at the Star position in the secondary, pushing his streak to 28 career starts...captured several All-America honors in addition to All-ACC First Team accolades...ranked fourth among Noles with 79 tackles and second in tackles for loss (9.5)...tied for second on the Noles with 3.0 TFLs...team leader with 12 pass break-ups to go along with two interceptions...ranked second in the ACC with 12 total PBUs and fifth in passes defended per game (1.00)…forced two fumbles...earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his performance at Miami where he registered three tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble on the Hurricanes’ first offensive play, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and sealed the win with an interception...

Ramsey Vs Miami:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4lAF5jJGrc

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Jalen Ramsey Vs Oregon:

Plays special teams, and made the opening tackle on the kick off against Oregon. He also made the first tackle on defense from the safety position. Plays slot corner a lot. He will also line up outside like an OLB and blitz on short yardage and goal line. Likes to play off a lot in the slot. He can turn his hips, and run at an angle with the Slot WR.

Reads patterns well, and keeps his feet moving nicely while moving backwards and to the sideline facing the WR and QB. Plays FS as the last line of defense as well. A pile jumper who seems to like the tough stuff. He is very smart as a CB, but I still think he plays more instinctually as a Safety. I love his quickness out of his pedal to move forward. He almost had the big game changing INT in the 2nd quarter against Oregon (2:37). Continued to play mostly FS and seemed to be the only guy who scared Mariota.

He lines up on the end of the line a lot in sub-packages. He can line up at OLB, and get all the way to the sideline and destroy the RB lined up in the slot on a screen pass (4:09). No other CB in this Draft can make a hit like that. He also has that knack for making the big play ever since he came to FLA ST.

He plays the last line of defense well, and can come out of coverage on one side of the field, to get between a WR and the endzone on a pass to the opposite side of the field. That is not easy to do (4:48). They play him all over the field in about seven different positions, and he always seems to be in the right spot wherever they put him. He is such a smart player.

Ramsey Vs. Oregon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DODi9hc-p_Q

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Ramsey Vs Notre Dame:

I love the way this kid blitzes off the edge. He is so smart that he knows where to be on the field, and he gets himself into great position. But I'm just not sure he has the speed to be an outside Corner in the NFL (ESPN said he ran a 4.54). It is tough to say before the Combine, but it looks to me like he doesn’t have pure Corner speed. Though I haven't seen get beaten deep. Could be a great Zone corner where they need a guy to be physical and tackle on the outside.

When he sees the WR break and the QB's arm go up, he breaks in front of the WR with great anticipation (:15). He plays mostly off coverage like a FS. But he can get up to the line and show some nice physicality Press (:26). He will line up outside on the Flanker, and then blitz. He is such a great run blitzer. Not a lot of guys can cover like he does and still be a force against the run.

Nice physicality knocking the blocker back. He has heavy hands for a DB. He can set the edge nicely with his shoulder pads. Great change of direction in coverage. He might just have CB hips. I love the way he blitzes from the OLB position. He can press the QB and then leap up and bat the ball down (7:12). But he is better at batting it down than catching it (2 INTs and 12 PBUs last season). Gets his hands on a lot of ball, but doesn't bring in most of them.

He has that knack for making the big play. He made the big PBU that helped save the game for FLA ST on 2nd down at the end of the 4th game (12:18). Then made the big play on 3rd down by punching the WR out of bounds (12:28). Then he drew the big pass interference call that really ended all hopes for the Irish (12:38). Then on 4th and forever he blitzed. He got the pressure on Gholson, by hitting his arm, that made the pass uncatchable (13:08). That was as clutch a defensive series as you are ever going to see a defender make.

Ramsey Vs ND:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-rodFHAx8I

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Ramsey's Bio:

 

2015 All-America Candidate
2015 
Jim Thorpe Award Candidate
2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate

2014 Honors

  • All-ACC First Team (Media/Coaches)
  • USA Today All-America First Team
  • Scout.com All-America First Team
  • Associated Press All-America Second Team
  • FWAA All-America Second Team
  • Sports Illustrated All-America Second Team
  • Sporting News All-America Second Team

2015 FSU Track and Field: Won the ACC long jump title at the outdoor and indoor championships...won the conference outdoor title with a leap of 26-1.5 (7.96m) and also ran lead-off leg on ACC outdoor champion 4x100 relay (39.28)...added a seventh-place finish in 100 (10.61w)...finished 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump after collecting All-America honors with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 26-1.75.

2014: Dominant and versatile All-American who established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive backs in 2014…started all 14 games at the Star position in the secondary, pushing his streak to 28 career starts...captured several All-America honors in addition to All-ACC First Team accolades...ranked fourth among Noles with 79 tackles and second in tackles for loss (9.5)...tied for second on the Noles with 3.0 TFLs...team leader with 12 pass break-ups to go along with two interceptions...ranked second in the ACC with 12 total PBUs and fifth in passes defended per game (1.00)…forced two fumbles...earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his performance at Miami where he registered three tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble on the Hurricanes’ first offensive play, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and sealed the win with an interception...opened the year with a career-high 12 tackles against Oklahoma State...had a 27-yard interception return at Syracuse on the Orange’s first drive…made six tackles at Louisville and had eight stops, including 1.5 TFLs, against Boston College...made two TFLs versus Virginia...had eight stops and two TFLs versus The Citadel and nine tackles with 1.5 TFLs at NC State…had four tackles and recorded a pass breakup against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

2014 FSU Track and Field: Three-time All-ACC honoree as a member of the Florida State Indoor and Outdoor championship track and field team…placed third in the long jump at both the indoor and outdoor ACC Track and Field Championships and ran a leg on the conference champion 4x100 relay team at the outdoor meet...best outdoor long jump mark was 25-0 (7.62m) and his top indoor jump was 24-11 (7.59m), which ranked No. 2 nationally among NCAA Division I football players…qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary meet in the long jump.

2013 Honors

  • College Football News Freshman All-America First Team
  • CampusInsiders.com Freshman All-America First Team
  • 247Sports.com True Freshman All-America First Team

2013: One of the country’s top freshmen who started all 14 games for the Seminoles third-ranked defense (281.4) and the nation’s top pass defense (156.6) as a cornerback and free safety...made his first career start at Pitt on Sept. 2, becoming the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders in 1985...started first three games of the season at cornerback before moving to safety following Tyler Hunter’s injury…hard-hitting playmaker ranked seventh on the Seminoles with 49 tackles…led FSU with 27 tackles  on passing plays…grabbed an interception at Pitt which helped set up FSU’s first touchdown of the season...had five tackles against Nevada...had first career sack versus Bethune-Cookman...recorded a career-high seven tackles – all solo tackles – at Boston College on Sept 28...registered six tackles at Clemson...recovered a fumble and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown at Wake Forest...recorded three tackles and a TFL in the Seminoles win over Duke in the ACC Championship Game…tallied five tackles in the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn…captured several Freshman All-America honors, including recognition from the FWAA.

PERSONAL: Ranked as one of the top athletes in the nation at either wide receiver or corner...rated a five star prospect by both Rivals and Scout and a four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247Sports...US Army All-American....invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus...ranked No. 10 on the Rivals 100, No. 14 on the ESPN 150 and No. 39 on the Top247...consensus top 5 selection at CB...listed No. 2 by Scout, No. 3 by Rivals, No. 4 by ESPN and No. 5 by 247Sports...the consensus top recruit coming out of Tennessee in 2013...sat out his sophomore season due to transfer rules but put up big numbers on offense and defense in 2011 and 2012...registered 95 tackles, four TFL, three INT, 10 PBU, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles...in 2012 he hauled in 31 passes for 676 yards and nine TDs...also rushed five times for 85 yards...ESPN listed  Ramsey with a 4.54 time in the 40, a 40.9-inch vertical and a 130.32 SPARQ rating...committed to USC but chose FSU over the Trojans, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Miami and more than 20 other schools...born October 24, 1994...majoring in social science.

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