Jalen Ramsey will be the lone former Florida State player drafted in the first round this year. But where will the cornerback/safety land?
All the mock drafts are in and Ramsey’s window continues to be as narrow as it was when the Rams and Eagles traded into the top 2 picks so they each could select a quarterback.
Here are five of the most reputable mock drafts in the land and they all agree that Ramsey will be taken either No. 4 or No. 5.
Palm Beach Post: 4th to Dallas
Is Ramsey a cornerback or safety? It doesn’t matter. He’s the best defensive back prospect in a long time and he will give the Cowboys’ defense an immediate boost.
CBSSports.com: 4th to Dallas
The Cowboys will likely go defense with this pick, but do they go with the pass rusher (Bosa) or defensive back (Ramsey)? I’ll guess they address the secondary, adding Ramsey at cornerback and moving last year’s first round pick Byron Jones to safety full-time.
FoxSports.com: 5th to Jacksonville
Gus Bradley’s already added Malik Jackson, Prince Amukamara, and Tashaun Gipson, and gets Dante Fowler back to his defense this year. Ramsey is the top defensive player on many teams’ boards this year. The Jags rebuild their defense in one offseason.
NFL.com: 5th to Jacksonville
Adding a playmaker like Ramsey in the secondary should help improve one of the league’s worst passing defenses.
Pro Football Focus: 5th to Jacksonville
With the expectation that Wentz would still be on the board here once Cleveland passed on him, we had a deal in place with San Francisco for their first-, third- and fifth-round picks (in exchange for our first- and seventh-round selections), but as it turned out the 49ers got a better deal moving up to No. 4. This left Jalen Ramsey, our No. 2 overall player in the draft still on the board, so despite a measure of disappointment in not accumulating extra picks, we ended up with one of our top prospects. Ramsey is PFF’s top-graded CB in the 2016 draft class (No. 8 coverage grade, No. 1 versus the run), and is capable of being a dominant player in all schemes versus both the pass and run.
WalterFootball.com: 4th to Dallas
I’ve been mocking Joey Bosa to the Cowboys for quite a while, but only because Jalen Ramsey hasn’t been available. They like Bosa, but Ramsey is the No. 1 player on their board. As potentially the best player in this draft, he would add a much-needed dominating presence to Dallas’ secondary. I’ll be shocked if the Cowboys pass on him, as they’ve already said they’re not trading the pick.
Beyond Ramsey, Florida State’s prospects are all over the board. K Roberto Aguayo is projected anywhere from the second round to not even being drafted. DT Nile Lawrence-Stample is listed as high as the fifth round to not being drafted and LB Terrance Smith is in two drafts and LB Reggie Northrup is in one. (The Palm Beach Post projected through first round only)
CBSSports.com: 2nd round, No. 74 overall to Tampa Bay
A native of central Florida, Aguayo would provide an instant upgrade at kicker for the Bucs.
FoxSports.com: 6th round, No. 179 overall to San Diego
NFL.com: 3rd round, No. 73 overall to Miami
WalterFootball.com: 3rd round, No. 139 overall to Buffalo
The Bills could use a kicker, and that position is now more important because of the new extra-point rule. The Bills could take Roberto Aguayo a round earlier than this.
CBSSports.com: 6th round, No. 211 overall to San Francisco
FoxSports.com: 7th round, No. 240 overall to Minnesota
Pro Football Focus: 5th round, No. 151 to Detroit
The Lions still need some help with their interior defensive line, and Lawrence-Stample can be that help. He’s a big defensive tackle who can plug up the middle in the run game, as evidenced by his eighth-best run-stop percentage of 11.1 this past season among defensive tackles.
FoxSports.com: 4th round, No. 139 overall to Buffalo
NFL.com: 6th round, No. 181 overall to Jacksonville
Pro Football Focus: 6th round, No. 194 to Oakland