TALLAHASSEE – Jalen Ramsey was impressive Tuesday. Very impressive.
Ramsey was unquestionably the story of the day Tuesday morning at Florida State University's Pro Day, a workout attended by representatives from 30 teams including two head coaches and four general managers.
Ramsey, a cornerback/safety, could be selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft April 28-30, and few analysts believe he will slide past the Jaguars at No. 5 overall.
Where will Ramsey play? That's another question, but while NFL teams are split on whether his best position will be cornerback or safety, Ramsey left no doubt Tuesday where he wants to play.
"I would love to play corner, but it doesn't matter to me really," Ramsey said, adding, "Wherever a team needs me, that's where I'll play."
Ramsey (6-feet-1, 209 pounds) participated only in position workouts Tuesday, standing on his times and measurables from the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month. He had been impressive there, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, and turning in a 41.5-inch vertical leap. He also had a 135-inch broad jump.
"I'm a competitor, so whether I did good or bad at the combine I was going to piggyback off of it here and pick it up," Ramsey said. "If I didn't do good at the combine, I was going to do good here. I'm that type of guy and that type of competitor."
Teammates on Tuesday spoke highly of Ramsey's athletic ability, with defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stamps and safety Lamarcus Brutus both using the term "freak" to describe him and Lawrence-Stamps calling him an "overall monster."
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey and Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin attended the workout, as did Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson. The Titans hold the No. 1 overall selection in the draft, and Ramsey said he has talked extensively with the Titans and other teams selecting in the Top 5.
"That would mean a lot," Ramsey said of being the No. 1 overall selection. "It's what I've dreamed of. It's what I've worked for. I want them to pick me because they know I'm the best player in this year's draft. I want them to definitely feel I'm the best player in this draft."
Added Ramsey, "I've always had the confidence that I'm the best player."
Ramsey on Tuesday also addressed one of the few concerns teams have expressed about him, a tendency at times to drop potential interceptions. He finished his FSU career with three interceptions, none this past season.
"They [NFL teams] bring that up," Ramsey said of his interceptions total. "I wasn't contested a lot. I did drop some interceptions. If you look at the film, I'm stripping the ball all of the time.
"I'm always around the ball. I'm a ball hawk. You can't deny that."