JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars introduced Jalen Ramsey at EverBank Field Friday.
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith already knew what to expect, and the Jaguars at first look appear to have received just that: a confident player ready to work, ready to play at a high level – a very high level – and ready to win.
Ramsey, a cornerback from Florida State University and the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, made his first official appearance at EverBank Friday, and at the end of a whirlwind afternoon he left no doubt:
This was where he wanted to be.
"I'm so excited to be a Jacksonville Jaguar," Ramsey said during a 15-minute meeting with media in the locker room at EverBank Field Friday afternoon. "I really felt the vibe here."
Part of the reason for that was a meeting with Jaguars officials during his pre-draft visit earlier this month – and part of it was the presence of not only Smith, but wide receiver Rashad Greene.
Smith, Ramsey and Greene played together on Florida State's 2013 national title team.
"That's somebody that I trust," Smith said of Ramsey, adding that Ramsey is special beyond just the physical ability that made him the first defensive back selected in the Top 5 of the NFL Draft since Arizona selected Patrick Peterson No. 5 in 2011.
"His mindset," Smith said. "We talk about toughness. We talk about grit. We talk about that relentless effort. That's what he has. That's not me talking about it. I've seen it, and that's the biggest thing. That's why I'm so excited.
"When I say, 'I know him,' that's what I mean. It's not saying, 'I know he's going to make plays.' I know he's not going to give up."
Ramsey on Friday relayed a story about Smith from the year they played together, when Smith was a senior and Ramsey was a freshman.
"We were at practice at fall camp and I tried to tap myself out; I was gassed," Ramsey said. "He said, 'Are you going to tap out in a game?' I ran back in and right away I was like, 'You're right.' That fire, that mindset that he has – Rashad has it – I'm excited to reunite with those guys."
Added Ramsey, "We're going to try to get more rings. That's what it's about. We're going to push each other every day."
Images from Jalen Ramsey's introductory press conference at EverBank Field.
Ramsey also raved about the vibe he received from the Jaguars' organization – particularly Bradley – during his pre-draft visit.
"It was the biggest positive impression you could ever feel," he said. "Of all visits I felt the most comfortable here. I got to meet [Jaguars Owner] Mr. Shad Khan, Mr. [Jaguars General Manager David] Caldwell and [Jaguars Head [Coach] Gus [Bradley]."
Ramsey said the long talk he and Bradley had during that visit made a strong impression on him.
"He's such a real man, a Godly man," he said. "He's someone I want to play for a long time, a really long time – hopefully my whole career. Just can't really explain how excited I am to be a part of this organization."
Bradley on Friday agreed.
"We were hoping something like this would work out and it did," Bradley said.
Ramsey said Bradley told him during the pre-draft visit if he was on the board when the Jaguars selected they would choose him. He also noted with a laugh that other teams told him the same thing.
"I didn't know where I would end up going into last night," he said, smiling. "I wasn't putting anything past any teams. I was expecting trades to happen; I was expecting a lot of things to happen. I fell into a perfect position."
Ramsey, who said throughout the pre-draft process he believed he was the best player in the draft, said while not being selected among the first four selections will be motivation his greater motivation will come from EverBank Field.
"I want to prove everybody in this organization who believed in me right," he said. "I'm going to go out and do the best I can for this team, make sure I make my family proud and go out and show all of my God-given ability.
"I'm super-excited. That's all I can say right now. Jacksonville is an organization on the rise. I think everybody knows that."