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NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select DB Jalen Ramsey

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With the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers (represented by CSC volunteer GhostofHD) select Florida State's versatile defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

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Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The Chargers suffered some injuries and dropped to 4-12 in 2015, following five seasons of hovering around mediocrity.

Conventional local San Diego media wisdom points to big needs along the offensive and defensive lines, and their beat-up Philip Rivers and 27th-ranked run defense would seem to back that up. While losing Pro Bowl Safety Eric Weddle in FA, they brought in CB Casey Heyward, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, S Dwight Lowery of the Jets, and they also have a rising star in third-year CB Jason Verrett in the secondary.

So why would I make this pick for them? Two reasons.

First, over 40% of the mock drafts in Bolts From the Blue's Mock Draft Database last week have them taking Ramsey, so there's that. Second, the hilarity of the LULZ in the comments on that post as well as the comments made in this SB Nation NFL Mock Draft post that had them taking Ramsey made it impossible for me to do otherwise.

Here's a sampling from the BFTB mock database post:

I keep hearing that he has position versatility

And he may actually be better than Robinson. I'm all for it.
by rjstraw on Mar 23, 2016 | 8:21 AM

I would get a Jalen Ramsey (navy.) jersey day one if he goes to us

it'll replace my Weddle jersey in the rotation of jerseys I wear at the games with my Perryman (white.), Te'o (white.), Gates (powder blue.), Rivers (powder blue.), and Verrett (navy.) that guy can straight ball and has that ‘superstar' ability to change the secondary dramatically.
by tacojim2013 on Mar 22, 2016 | 7:51 PM

...and from the SB Nation Mock Draft post, where there was some groundswell for Joey Bosa:

If either the Browns or the Titans pick Ramsey , or trade the pick to someone who takes him.

I will put that team in the " most hated teams" category just under the Donkeys Raiders and Pats..
by Bolt jinx on Mar 25, 2016 | 3:32 PM

Wrong pick

Though I like Ramsey and won't be mad if he is taken by the Chargers, it's the wrong pick. If Bosa is there he should be #3 pick. If TT doesn't take Bosa it will be a SMH moment.
by anthony.wilson.50552 on Mar 25, 2016 | 4:40 PM

Bosa has a lot of risk factors going against him.

I like the guy. I really do, but there is more going against the idea of this team investing in him than for. What separates Bosa from a player like Ramsey or even Ingram, is proven versatility. Bosa has only done one thing in the NFL and it has served him well. Ramsey was a stud no matter where he played at Florida State and Ingram was moved all around the field at South Carolina. Bosa? Not so much.

All I'm saying is that we can't afford to cram a square peg in a round hole. Ramsey is a sure thing. Bosa is a risk we can't afford.

"When you're going through hell, keep going"-Winston Churchill
by Jarred Braxton on Mar 25, 2016 | 5:53 PM


If Ramsey's there take him. Kids gonna be selling jerseys all across the nation. I can see us regret not taking in the future

oooohhhweeeehh - Mr. Poopybutthole
by Dan goutz on Mar 25, 2016 | 6:25 PM

And there you have it. So what do you think CSCers? Like it or LOVE it, or DON'T CAAAAAARE? Vote in the poll and discuss below.

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2016 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team
Selection Team Representative Approval Rating

1 Tennessee Leremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Chris Dunnells
2 Cleveland Jared Goff, QB, California quickdrawdoc
3 San Diego Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
4 Dallas
Tee Word
5 Jacksonville
6 Baltimore
7 San Francisco
8 Philadelphia
9 Tampa Bay
Johnny BeGood
11 Chicago
12 New Orleans
Dave Cariello
13 Miami
14 Oakland
Chris Dunnells
15 Los Angeles Rams
16 Detroit
17 Atlanta

18 Indianapolis
19 Buffalo

20 New York Jets
21 Washington

22 Houston
Tee Word
23 Minnesota

24 Cincinnati
25 Pittsburgh
26 Seattle
Matt Mosley
27 Green Bay
Johnny BeGood
28 Kansas City
29 New England (Forfeited) Forfeited pick --------- --------
30 Arizona
Matt Mosley
31 Carolina

32 Denver