Florida State has legitimate claim to ‘DBU’

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Jalen Ramsey said it when he was named consensus All-American in December and backed it up on the first night of the NFL draft.

“This is ‘DBU’ here at Florida State and it feels great to keep the legacy going strong,” he said.

Florida State has a legitimate claim to the title. In the last four drafts, 52 programs have had a defensive back taken in the first three rounds, just one has had more than four – Florida State with six.

 

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Ramsey, selected by the Jaguars with the fifth overall pick, joins Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams from last year’s draft, Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks from 2014 and Xavier Rhodes from 2013.

Darby was selected in the second round by the Bills, Williams a round later by the Saints. Joyner went in the second round to the Rams, Brooks in the third to the Ravens. Rhodes was a first-round pick by the Vikings.

Alabama is the only other program with more than three DBs taken in the first three rounds in the last four years, with four. UConn, LSU, Ohio State, Mississippi State and Florida each have had three. All of Florida’s picks were in the first round.

Florida, LSU and Ohio State have made recent claims to being “DBU.”

In its history, the Seminoles have had eight defensive backs named consensus All-Americans. The greatest of them all, Deion Sanders, who is a member of the Pro Football and College Football halls of fame, works for the NFL Network and was the first to interview Ramsey after he was picked.

The Jim Thorpe Award, given to top DB in college football, started in 1968. Seven schools have had multiple winners with Oklahoma leading with three. FSU, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Colorado and Arizona have had two each.

FSU’s winners: Sanders in 1988 and Terrell Buckley in 1991. Both, like Ramsey, were drafted No. 5 overall.

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