We were all set to talk about Jalen Ramsey on the podcast today but unfortunately my real job got in the way. Lambert and I will be recording our next episode of MCM Draft Radio on Monday. I know you can hardly wait.
The Titans need to forget about perceived positional value and pick Ramsey No. 1 overall. He is the top overall player in this class, and he has an extremely rare skill set. The former Seminole has pro size, speed and leaping ability that scouts dream of (41.5-inch vertical, 11-foot-3-inch broad jump). Ramsey's combination of coverage skills and physicality makes him a unique chess piece the Titans can build around in their secondary. The key here? Don't pigeonhole Ramsey based on a specific position. He can play cornerback or safety. He can roll down over the slot or blitz as a dime defender. Just put him in a position to make plays at the point of attack. Like any young defensive back, he has to make the transition. There will be a learning curve on the field, and the Titans would have to ride that wave his rookie season. But working with assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson in Tennessee, the best teacher I've been around, Ramsey can develop into an All-Pro. He's a special player.
The Titans really don't have any big playmakers on defense. Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan and Jurrell Casey are all really good players, but they aren't guys that you see making huge plays game in and game out.
I am sold on Ramsey as the first pick. Good corners are so much harder to find that good offensive tackles. That makes Ramsey #1 on my board.