The first Florida State player's name has been called at the 2016 NFL Draft. And it didn't take long, as versatile defensive back Jalen Ramsey, of Smyrna, Tennessee, was just selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the draft's fifth overall pick. Ramsey is the eighth Jimbo Fisher player to be drafted in the first round (since 2011), joining former first-round picks Christian Ponder (2011), E.J. Manuel, Bjoern Werner, Xavier Rhodes (2013), Kelvin Benjamin (2014), Jameis Winston, and Cameron Erving (2015).
Ramsey bolted for the NFL after a three-year Seminoles career that saw him start every game. That streak began when Ramsey became the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders in 2013, while culminating in Ramsey's selection as a consensus All-American in 2015.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher weighed in on Ramsey's selection:
I'm extremely proud of Jalen and very excited for him and his family. He earned every bit of this with his work ethic and his passion for the game. He will be a tremendous player for the Jacksonville Jaguars and I'm looking forward to watching him on Sunday's for years to come. Jalen is a true Seminole and he will continue to be a great ambassador for our program and for Florida State. Congratulations to Jalen and his family.
Ramsey explained his reaction when speaking with Sanders after being picked: "Man, I am so happy, I am so so happy; I'm so blessed. I am glad my whole family is up here to support me; I love you all. I can't wait to be a Jaguar. . . All the Nole Nation, you all just come to Jacksonville now (after Saturday games in Tallahassee)."
Ramsey will become the third former Florida State player on the Jags' current roster, joining wide receiver Rashad Greene and linebacker Telvin Smith. You can check out our profile of Ramsey by clicking here.