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.
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, the beach and family time.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