Jalen Ramsey did something that few NFL Draft prospects do in preparing for the Combine: He trained with his father.
Yes, Ramsey, a defensive back out of Florida State, trained with his father, Lamont, who had to be encouraging yet demanding to get everything out of his son’s all-world athleticism.
Well, he did.
“We had to find that line between trainer and athlete and dad and son,” Ramsey said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was bumpy at times because it was dad and son, dad and son. But once we really found that line, it really went really smoothly. As you can see, I did really good at the combine and at my Pro Day, so I have a big thank you to him and everybody who helped me along the process.”
Ramsey, at 6-1, 209 pounds, had a 41.5-inch vertical, a 135-inch broad jump (more than 11 feet) and ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash.
Ramsey could have run a faster 40 at his Pro Day – potentially in the 4.3s – but decided against it.
“I didn’t feel like I needed to prove anything else,” he said. “That’s really fast already.”
Indeed, it is. It’s one of many reasons why Ramsey has emerged as potentially the top prospect in this year’s draft, even with Laremy Tunsil, Joey Bosa and others in play for the No. 1 overall pick.
Ramsey would like to go No. 1 to Tennessee, but he won’t be upset if he doesn’t.
“To be honest, no, I wouldn’t be mad,” he said. “Whatever team gets me after that, it’s going be a blessing for me, and I’ll give that team whatever I have. Any team that passed on me, I’ll just continue to prove why I am the best guy in this draft and why you shouldn’t have passed on me. That’ll be my mindset. It won’t be a mad or angry mindset at anybody or anyone. It’s just the way it’ll be. I’ll just continue to have to prove myself. If I’m picked No. 1, I’ll prove why that was a great decision. If I’m not picked No. 1, I’ll prove why I should have been picked No. 1.”
Ramsey helped Florida State to a national championship as a freshman, the College Football Playoff as a sophomore, and the Peach Bowl as a junior. Ramsey knew that the Peach Bowl – which Florida State lost to Houston, 38-24 – would be his final game, but he didn’t let that affect his emotions or how hard he played.
“My mindset never changes in a game,” said Ramsey, who had nine tackles against the Cougars. “I’m a competitor and I try to win everything I do. I don’t think about injury at all. I think when you start to think about injury, that’s when you get hurt. So I didn’t go out there thinking about getting injured or not playing hard. I went out there trying to win – trying to win my battles and trying to win as a team.”