The Titans paid a visit to Tallahassee to get a further look at one of the best prospects in the draft class and much talked about DB Jalen Ramsey.
They sent a pretty good sized party in the form of GM Jon Robinson, HC Mike Mularkey, DC Dick LeBeau, among others:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Titans">@Titans</a> officials <a href="https://twitter.com/FSU_Football">@FSU_Football</a> Pro Day: GM Robinson, HC Mularkey, DC LeBeau, Dir. of College Scouting Beddingfield, and scout Tim Ruskell</p>— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/714807634076024833">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Ramsey has had a lot of contact with the Titans apparently
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/TheJalenRamsey">@TheJalenRamsey</a> said he's had a lot of contact with the <a href="https://twitter.com/Titans">@Titans</a> during the predraft process</p>— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/714847633471369216">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
He elected to stand pat on his Combine numbers but did position drills for both corner and safety. It was reported that he looked great at doing both as expected.
Ramsey had some interesting quotes where he mentioned that he thought that he is best player in the class
Other choice quotes:
But I don’t want them to draft me because I am a hometown kid. I don’t want them to draft me because I am a kid from Tennessee
I want them to draft me because I am the best player in this year’s draft and being from Tennessee, that’s icing on the cake.”
FSU HC Jimbo Fisher on Ramsey's performance:
I don’t have to campaign, Jalen campaigned for himself with that workout
GM Jon Robinson on Ramsey's confidence:
You want them to have that swagger about them where they are saying, 'I can cover this guy. I can take this guy out of the game.' Confidence is something that you look for in that position
Long time veteran scout Gil Brandt has his thoughts on other Seminoles participants
Doug Farrar, from SI, has high praise for Ramsey:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First thought when I watched Jalen Ramsey's tape: "Oh. They figured out a way to put Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor in the same guy."</p>— Doug Farrar (@SI_DougFarrar) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_DougFarrar/status/714844779163418628">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
My thoughts on Ramsey as a prospect:
Has size for a corner that teams covet especially for those to emulate Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary. Rarely gets beat by vertical threats as he has the speed to keep pace. Physical at the point of attack. Instincts are very good for either safety or corner, whichever he ends up sticking at. Scouts have compared to him to Charles Woodson among others.
Ramsey did little to slow down the notion that he is considered to be one of the best prospects in the class with his workout yesterday. He looked very fluid in his backpedal and possesses great hips. Has the confidence to not shirk the duty of covering the opponent's best receiver. I like that in a corner.
How rare was it for him to start as a freshman DB? The last time anyone did it at FSU was the legendary Deion Sanders. That's certainly saying something given Florida State's impressive DB lineage. He started on the 2013 National Championship team ahead of other talent already in the league.
With back to back great showings from both Laremy Tunsil and Ramsey, the Titans have a tough decision to make with their pick. The Rashad Johnson shouldn't impact Robinson's decision at all as it is only a one year deal.
And oh, while Ryan Succop has been a great addition for the franchise, the Titans should take a look at Roberto Aguayo. He is one of the best kickers in college football history and was a finalist for the Lou Groza award three straight years. Aguayo has a cannon leg and can make anything from the 50 yard line and in pretty much.
Will the Titans #BringJalenHome after his good performance yesterday?