Jalen Ramsey's confidence even more impressive than his physical skills

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jalen Ramsey's considerable physical gifts are matched only by his confidence.

In fact, his confidence may even surpass his skills.

The former Florida State defensive back, who is likely going to be a top-five draft pick next month, is not shy about saying he should be the No. 1 overall pick. Or discussing how good he is. Or mentioning how competitive he is.

"I think all of my traits equally are reason for the success," Ramsey said after Florida State’s pro day on Tuesday. "I’m big. I’m strong. I’m fast. I have the hips. I have the footwork. I’m always trying to perfect my craft, and at the end of the day, I’m just a competitor. I’m a winner.

"That’s something I like to do, so wherever you put me, I’m going to compete and I’m going to win."

That was just one of several times that Ramsey talked about being a winner and how competitive he is. His play over the past three years seems to prove that: He was a three-time All-American from various outlets and broke up 23 passes, forced three fumbles, intercepted three passes, and recorded 5.0 sacks.

That interception total may look low to some observers, and Ramsey, who also said he believes he should be the No. 1 overall pick, said he’s expecting some teams to ask him about that.

"They’ll bring that up, but that’s fine," Ramsey said. "I wasn’t tested a lot. I did drop some interceptions, which is fine. I know I have hands. I’m glad I was able to showcase my hands here and at the combine. But you can’t deny that I [was] always a ball hawk here at Florida State even though I did not have as many interceptions as some guys. You can look at my film. I’m stripping the ball all the time. I’m always around the ball. I’m a ball hawk. You can’t deny that."

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Ramsey may be right -- about everything.

"[Ramsey is] extremely confident, but this guy is extremely intelligent," Fisher said. "He is a very smart person. Then he combines that with instincts. That’s what makes the confidence. He knows he’s prepared physically. He’s prepared mentally. And he knows what’s going to happen.

"He knows our defense inside and out when he was here at safety, at corner, at nickel, and he could make adjustments to the guys around him, and then when you combine that, it makes it valuable. There’s very few guys that have the capabilities of being the multiple-position guys that combine the skill level to do it with the physicality to absorb it and put it on you."

Ramsey knows there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance and that he hasn’t crossed it. He won’t, either, because he’s making sure his family -- and a higher power -- keeps him grounded.

"I read the Bible every day and that’s a key thing that is in the Bible, being humble," Ramsey said. "But also a key thing in the Bible is being confident. You can find both of those things in the Bible, being confident and being humble at the same time. So I can be confident [and] humble. People don’t realize that.

"You’ve got to be confident playing this game. You have to. You have to believe that you’re the best. You have to want to compete. You have to want to answer the questions. That’s all in me, but how I stay humble is through the Bible, and I have a great support system. My mom, my dad, brother, the people I surround myself with, they make sure I stay humble."