Florida State's Jalen Ramsey declares for NFL draft

Florida State junior cornerback Jalen Ramsey, No. 3 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, announced Tuesday he is forgoing his final season to declare for the NFL draft.

"Today, after having in-depth discussions with my parents, my coaches and others whom I hold dear to my heart, I am announcing my decision to pursue my dream, forgo my senior year of football at Florida State and declare for the 2016 NFL draft," Ramsey said in the statement.

Ramsey was projected as a top-5 pick in Todd McShay's first mock draft.

"I'm extremely happy for Jalen and his family," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "I think it is a very smart decision by him. He will be a tremendous pro. He was an outstanding player and leader for us. I cannot say enough good things about him. I wish him nothing but the best and he will always be a part of the Florida State family."

Over three seasons, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound Ramsey played several positions in the defensive backfield but settled at cornerback as a junior. In 2013, he was the first Florida State freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders in 1985, and Ramsey started all 41 games of his collegiate career.

Ramsey amassed 180 tackles, 23 pass breakups and three interceptions in his three-year career.

He was also a member of Florida State's track team, winning a 2015 ACC championship in the indoor and outdoor long jump.

"There are no words to describe how much I have enjoyed my time in Tallahassee, and more specifically here at Florida State," Ramsey said. "Since the first day I stepped foot on campus, I knew I made the right decision and found my second home. From the war chants and tomahawk chops that send chills shooting down my spine, to running out of the tunnel or being on the track with my teammates, I have found that there is no greater feeling than being a Seminole!"

Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive end DeMarcus Walker have not decided whether to forgo their final seasons to enter the draft.