Jalen Ramsey on Playing for Dick LeBeau: "He's a Legend"


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State's Jalen Ramsey has two wishes.

Actually, they're combined into one.

The talented defensive back wants the Titans to pick him first overall in the NFL Draft, in part because he'd love to play for legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

"I know all about him, and it would be amazing to play in his defense,'' Ramsey said of LeBeau after his Pro Day on Tuesday. "I have seen what he has done in the past. He's a legend. And I am trying to be a legend to come through his defense and show him that I am the best."

LeBeau, who joined the Titans in 2015 after a long run of success with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was on hand at Florida State on Tuesday to watch Ramsey, who was impressive in drills.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey were also in attendance, along with director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield and college scout Tim Ruskell.

Ramsey, the first Florida State cornerback to start as a freshman since Deion Sanders in 1985, is in contention for the No.1 pick of the draft.

Ramsey started all 13 games at cornerback in 2015, while also returning kickoffs. He finished the season with 52 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and a team-high 10 pass break-ups. He played in 41 career games at Florida State.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher raved about Ramsey after his Pro Day performance, saying he is "extremely smart, and extremely intelligent."

He believes he's capable of playing multiple positions on defense.

"He came in so mature,'' Fisher said of Ramsey. "Once I saw the physical abilities, and the competitiveness in him. He doesn't back away from competition. He has a different edge … and he can compete with anybody."

Ramsey said he's willing to play where a team needs him. He made it clear he'd like for it to be with the Titans.

"At the end of the day I am a competitor,'' Ramsey said. "I am a winner, so wherever you put me I am going to compete, and I'm going to win. I would love to play corner, but it doesn't matter. Wherever the team needs me, I'll play."

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