Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coach Speak: Jalen Ramsey; Jaguars' Top Draft Pick 'Special' FSU Coach Fisher Raves about Abilities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coach Speak: Jalen Ramsey; Jaguars' Top Draft Pick 'Special' FSU Coach Fisher Raves about Abilities

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Long before he joined the Jaguars and promised to make an instant impact, Jalen Ramsey did the same upon arriving at Florida State before the 2013 season.

"He said, 'Coach, I'm going to start from Day One,' " Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I said, 'If you're the best player, you will [start], but realize Deion [Sanders] took four games to start.' Jalen said, 'I don't care.' "

Ramsey started at cornerback as a freshman before moving to free safety on a Florida State defense that led the nation in fewest points allowed (12.1 per game) and won the national championship.

Twenty-eight years after Sanders was drafted fifth overall by Atlanta, Ramsey, who moved back to cornerback in 2014-15, went No. 5 to the Jaguars.

Fisher (in place of defensive backs coach Charles Kelly) spoke with the Times-Union about Ramsey.

Ramsey was a true freshman playing free safety on a defense laden with future NFL players (Telvin Smith, Lamarcus Joyner, Timmy Jernigan, Terrence Brooks, Ronald Darby and Christian Jones) that eventually won the national title. Was the moment ever too big for him in 2013?

"No, it really wasn't. There's a difference between arrogance and confidence. He carried himself with a lot of confidence and he believed in his ability. The thing I thought always separated him was his ability to mentally compartmentalize everything that was happening and then learn from it and process it during the game. He did that from the get-go."

The Jaguars coaches have raved about Ramsey's football smarts. How rare was that aspect of his game when he arrived at Florida State?

"Instincts are something you naturally have. He has the football instincts/IQ, but he also has pure intelligence. Darby was banged up early [in 2013] and that was one of the reasons Jalen got to start at corner, but he would have been on the field somehow anyway. We put him at corner, he starts there and then he moves positions. …

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