JACKSONVILLE – The talent and potential was too good to pass.
And while the No. 5 selection was something of a surprise, it turned out to be a pleasant one for the Jaguars.
Jalen Ramsey, a safety/cornerback from Florida State University, long projected to be drafted in the first two-to-four selections, became the Jaguars' selection at No. 5 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday. The selection became official around 8:42 p.m.
Ramsey, (6-feet-1, 209 pounds), projected often to be going No. 3 or 4 over the past four weeks, instead was available to the Jaguars after a surprise near the top of the draft. That happened when the San Diego Chargers took Ohio State edge player Joey Bosa at No. 3.
Because he was, the Jaguars were able to draft a player analysts believe not only was the best cornerback available in the draft, but the best free safety, too.
Ramsey played cornerback for Florida State as a junior before foregoing his senior season to enter the draft. He split time between the positions as a freshman, then played a hybrid linebacker/safety role as a sophomore.
One of the top athletes in the draft, Ramsey excelled at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in late February, running a 4.41-second 40-yard dash with a 41.5-inch vertical leap. He won the ACC indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 2015.
Ramsey was the first freshman to start the opening game at cornerback for FSU since Deion Sanders in 1986. Ramsey was a freshman All-America that season.
He was named All-America and first-team All-ACC in 2014, when he registered 9.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He was an All-America selection and first-team All-ACC again in 2015, when he had 10 pass breakups.
The Los Angeles Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff of California No. 1 overall after obtaining the selection in a trade with the Tennessee Titans on April 13. The Philadelphia Eagles selected North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall after obtaining the selection in a trade with the Cleveland Browns on April 20.
Those selections had been expected since shortly after the respective trades, but there had been little consensus on the two selections between Nos. 1 and 2 and the Jaguars at 5.
The San Diego Chargers Bosa at No. 3 overall after some analysts had projected him dropping to No. 5 or 6 or lower, and the Dallas Cowboys selected Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall.