CHICAGO —Jalen Ramsey won't lie – he was hoping to be the No.1 pick of the Titans, his hometown team.
When the Titans traded the pick to the Rams, Ramsey was initially disappointed.
"I was pretty shocked really, because I felt like I would've been that pick,'' Ramsey, an All-American defensive back at Florida State after starring at Brentwood Academy, said on Wednesday. "I honestly think that in their mind they were narrowing it down. I really do believe that in my heart, that I was going to be the pick. But everything happens for a reason. God has a plan for me and I have to believe in that."
Ramsey, who's from Smyrna, Tenn., said he understands why the Titans made the trade. It was too good to pass up, he said.
"After I saw the deal that they got, you can't be mad at them for that,'' Ramsey said with a smile. "They got a great deal."
Earlier this month, the Titans traded the No.1 pick of the draft to the Los Angeles Rams for the 15th overall pick in this year's draft, two second-round picks (43 and 45), and a third-rounder (76) in 2016. The Titans will also receive the Rams' first-round pick in 2017, along with their third-round pick in next year's draft.
In addition to Tennessee's No.1 pick this year, the Rams will also receive a fourth-round pick (113) and sixth-round pick (177) in 2016
Ramsey, speaking at a Play60 event in Grant Park, said he's not sure where he'll end up now.
He hasn't given up hope of still playing for Tennessee, and he wouldn't mind the team moving up to get him. His favorite team growing up was the Dallas Cowboys, where he's been pegged in numerous mock drafts.
Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey makes a pre-draft visit with the Titans at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
"I'm not sure what is going to happen," Ramsey said. "I wish I knew. Being the first defensive player off the board, that would be special to me but we'll see what transpires. I know anything can happen."
Ramsey said he enjoyed the time he spent with the Titans during the process. The team interviewed him at the combine and went to his pro day at Florida State.
Ramsey made a pre-draft visit to the Titans earlier this month.
"It was great,'' Ramsey said. "I had an 18-minute drive to the facility. It was great to spend time with all of them. I loved it. Spending time with (defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau, he is a legend and I want to reach that level of legendary one day.
"Everything is going to work out. I really like the situation I am in. Whatever happens, happens. A lot of things are running through my mind right now but it is just a waiting game. But growing up, my dream was to be in the green room and to get my name called, and I know that's not far away from happening."