NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil has been the popular pick for the Titans in mock drafts.
Those who love pass rushers lean toward Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa.
NFL draft analyst Matt Miller has another guy in mind at No.1.
"I think Jalen Ramsey is the best player in the draft," said Miller, Bleacher Report's NFL Draft Lead Writer. "He's a stud."
Ramsey, a Smyrna native who played at Brentwood Academy before starring at Florida State, solidified his draft status on Monday at the NFL Combine.
A two-time All-America performer at Florida State, Ramsey ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, and he also recorded a 41.5-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 11'3'', which were both the top measurements among all defensive backs. Ramsey was the ACC's indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump and he was also on the 4X100 relay group that won the ACC title.
"I think today solidified everything that you saw on tape,'' said Miller, who remains in Indianapolis. "He is a unique kid because he has that track background. So you kind of had seen it already. I knew he was going to broad jump well because he was the ACC long jump champ, but the (4.41) at 6-1 ½, 209 pounds, that's pretty freakish, it's rare. And the 41 ½ vertical, it shows off how explosive he can be. I love the kid.
"I think where he is going to really impress teams is in the interviews. He is like that old-school, Alpha Dog. He is going to be the leader in the secondary, probably the leader on defense wherever he goes. He talks, but he's confident and he backs it up. He is so freakish on the field, everyone kind of waits to see what he is going to do."
Most draft analysts agree Ramsey is a top-5 pick.
Popular opinion is the Titans, who have the first overall pick, will draft Tunsil to help protect quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Miller said Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson has proven it can be smart to take a defensive back early. Peterson was the fifth overall pick by the Cardinals in 2011. He has been named a Pro Bowler five consecutive seasons.
"I don't think it would be a mistake to take him 1. The NFL is all about matchups now, so many teams are playing man coverage to beat the spread and to beat tempo. You get a guy like that and he can cover tight ends, he can cover outside receivers. He played in the slot his freshman and sophomore years at Florida State. He is like a defensive chess piece,'' Miller said of Ramsey.
"Now if Tunsil is the pick (for the Titans), I still think that is a good one. He could play left tackle, and you could slide (Taylor) Lewan to right tackle. I am a big Mariota fan, so I am all-in on protecting him. So it makes sense. But Jalen Ramsey could come in and kick butt on defense. It's outside the mold, but that's OK."