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Scouting the NFL Draft: DB Jalen Ramsey

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    Jalen Ramsey of the Florida State Seminoles hits Wayne Gallman of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium Nov. 7, 2015, in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
    Ht. 6'1", Wt. 209, Arm: 33 ⅜", Hand: 9 ½", Bench: 14
    40 yd: 4.41, 10 yd.: 1.52, 3 Cone: 6.94, Vertical: 41.5", Broad: 11'3"
    Games Watched: Notre Dame (2014), Louisville, N.C. State

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    Being the first true freshman to start at cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders should tell you all you need to know about Jalen Ramsey's potential. The former 5-star recruit spent three seasons making plays in many different ways for the Seminoles. He finished his career with 22 passes defended, 15.5 TFL, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions in 45 games.

    After starting his career as a cornerback, Ramsey he saw significant time at nearly every position in the secondary. Outside cornerback, slot cornerback, safety...he was effective in every role for the Seminoles. That versatility is one of many qualities that will make him attractive to NFL teams.

    Strengths

    • Great Instincts - Quickly diagnoses plays
    • Fast - Good closing, recovery speed
    • Efficient Feet - Little wasted motion
    • Good in Coverage - Good in press, bail, man, zone, etc.
    • Technical - Good backpedal, plant/drive, hand use
    • Willing Run Defender - Seems eager to hit RBs
    • Physical - Plays like a Seattle DB
    • Versatile - Will excel in any role in NFL secondary

    Weaknesses

    • Overly Aggressive - Susceptible to double moves
    • Ballhawk? - Only 3 INTs in 45 games
    • Struggles With Crossers - Could suggest slow change of direction
    • Tackling Issues - Technique breaks down at times

    Verdict: First-Round Pick

    Watching Ramsey is like watching a young Ed Reed who can play cornerback. I think his best role will be something close to what Tyrann Mathieu does for the Arizona Cardinals or what Charles Woodson did for Green Bay.

    The Cowboys selected a safety/slot cornerback hybrid in the first round last year with Byron Jones. But when you factor in player potential, scheme fit and team need, Jalen Ramsey might be the best player available for Dallas to pick at No. 4.