06 December 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) avoids Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) on his way to the end zone for a touchdown in the 1st quarter of the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Unless Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson, a former Tampa Bay front office executive, owes his former boss Jason Licht a huge favor, the odds the Buccaneers are able to draft Seminoles cornerback Jalen Ramsey remain small.
The Titans hold the overall No. 1 pick in this month’s NFL Draft, and are thought to be debating between Ramsey and Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. After an impressive NFL Combine performance in February, and then an equally dazzling pro day in Tallahassee last week, Ramsey could be bringing his talent back to his hometown of Nashville.
Jon Robinson and Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
And while he knows the chances that Ramsey ever wears the pewter and red of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it didn’t stop last year’s overall No. 1 pick Jameis Winston from lobbying Licht to draft his former teammate during a private dinner with suite holders that PewterReport.com attended last Wednesday.
“We (FSU) definitely have the best player in the world in Jalen Ramsey,” Winston said “People talk about his position. But Jalen is the best cornerback, safety… I will take a pay cut to play with him again. He has a fierce mentality.
“And the best thing about him is he is a Seminole! I have already shot him (Jason Licht) some texts.”
Last December as the season was winding down, PewterReport.com and WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell talked to Winston about Ramsey.
“He’s good enough that we probably won’t even get him,” Winston said. “That’s just one thing to talk about, his competitiveness, and his mentality to always want to be great. That is something that is going to take him a long way.”
Winston talked about where he sees Ramsey playing at the next level.
“He can do anything he wants to do really,” Winston said. “He’s so talented in some many ways. He can be a lock down corner for you like a Richard Sherman, or he could be a safety-corner hybrid like Charles Woodson. This guy is very talented and has a lot of ability.
I had the good pleasure to play against [former Noles defensive backs] Ronald Darby, P.J. Williams, [Ramsey]. I most likely got the best of them every single time, but they got some wins.”
While many Bucs fans, some in the organization, and Winston himself would love to see Ramsey in Tampa Bay next fall, unless the Bucs make a bold move and gamble with future draft picks, most likely Winston and Ramsey won’t be teammates again unless they are both dining on pineapple in Hawaii after what is hoped to be numerous future Pro Bowls for both players.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well Buc Fans Ramsley would be a great coup! But look at the overall sistutation.I like trading down twics to get more ammo and get back into Rd-1 Looked at the LA Rams trading up. Except this Tampa gets #15,- Tampa gives up the #9 and some more picks. But I think Tampa could give them the 6th, But give up 2017 future #4. Then at #15 Tampa trades down to Nyjets #20.Tampa gives up a no# 15. But Tampa selects at #20 plus Jets gets #15 plus Qb Mike Glennon and Jets gives yup their no#2nd rd pick/ So Tampa still can get a quality pick at #20. they have 3 no#2 picks their no#3 and 5th and a no# 6thy rd pick. This means Tampa can get those players in Rd-2 plus a good mid-rd 1st rd pick!
Don’t move up for anyone; we need the picks!
Love to have this kid on our team but we would have to give up way to much. Like the trade down theme. Get more picks. We just have to many needs to give it away to get one player.
We don’t need picks. We got what we needed; new coaches, especially on D!
As good as he is, trading up would cost us too much down the line. Maybe Jameis can get together with him for a few wild nights on the town and build up some “character concerns” bad enough to make him fall to us at #9 lol
I respectfully disagree. Championships are won with great players. To me, it would be worth it to give up a couple of picks (i.e. a couple of good players) to get one great player. Ramsey reminds me of Rod Woodson. Go Bucs!!!
There will be alot of wild trades. But Tampa don’t need to trade up. If GM thinks that Mike Glennon is the real deal lets the teams come to Tampa and see what develope’s. But Tampa draft selections may be better then last year. The last 15 years I do this guys. I follow the college teams each year. I put my top 100 players by positions. Then I put them from 1 to 100 and project them what rd they will go. So when they are picked Ievaluate on how well they did. Go Bucs
Once there was a sure fire top 3 pick who fell all the way to 12 and became a Hall of Fame player. We just need Richie McKay to start a rumor about Ramsey. Hey, it worked in 1995.
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