The conversation over who should land No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft has mostly revolved around Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
A few other names have popped in and out of the projected top 5, but former Florida State standout and current Jacksonville Jaguars safety Jalen Ramsey believes there should be another name in the running for the top selection — his old teammate, defensive back Derwin James.
While James discussed how he feels he’s the top player in this draft, Ramsey took it one step further:
“(He’s the) top player in this draft this year. Should go No. 1 overall, but you know how things go in the draft. You never know where he could go — top 5, top 10, top 15. (Jacksonville Jaguars), hopefully we can come up there and get him,” said Ramsey.
“If I had the power, it would be done, but the Jags don’t have the No. 1 pick. It needs to get done before he gets to the Jags.”
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 20, 2018
James was hyped beyond belief heading into his final year at Florida State. After playing just two games in an injury-riddled 2016, he registered 2 interceptions and 84 total tackles in a solid 2017 campaign. His numbers landed nowhere near the Heisman hype he received approaching the season, but there’s no question he’s talented enough to be a top-10 selection.
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound draft prospect has taken everything in stride, admitting it was a down year. He seems determined for success at the next level, saying he’d make a defensive coordinator happy with a willingness to play safety, cornerback or even linebacker.
With the Jaguars picking at No. 29 overall, there’s almost no chance Jacksonville is able to snag James.
Ramsey was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and is a one-time Pro Bowler.
You can find DieHards’ NFL mock draft, draft order and all other information surrounding the 2018 NFL Draft here.
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