Imagine you are an NFL quarterback trying to drop a touch pass into the arms of a closely-guarded receiver. Now imagine the defender you’re trying to arc the pigskin overtop of is NBA star Blake Griffin. Sounds nearly impossible, right?
Well, that’s the kind of problems that Jalen Ramsey’s freakish athleticism will create when he’s in the NFL.
The former Florida State cornerback could be drafted as high as third overall in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. Pro scouts salivate over his unrivaled blend of size, speed and explosiveness. Ramsey put on a dazzling display at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, recording a 4.41 40-Yard Dash, a 41.5-inch Vertical Jump and an 11-foot-3 Broad Jump. Those numbers are impressive, but they pale in comparison to what Ramsey did on a recent segment of ESPN’s Sports Science:
Ramsey’s acceleration and agility are incredible, but perhaps his greatest asset is his extreme vertical range. At 6-foot-1, Ramsey possesses elite height at the cornerback position. But things get even more unfair for his opponents when you check out Ramsey’s max vertical jump, a measure of an athlete’s vertical jump with a running start. Ramsey can soar for an incredible 45 inches. Combine that distance with his natural height and his arm length, which is impressive at 33 3/8 inches, and you get a max vertical touch of 140 inches. That’s just a half-inch shorter than Griffin’s, despite the fact that the Clippers’ star is 9 inches taller than Ramsey.
A defensive back with true 4.40 speed and the ability to reach as high as Blake Griffin? It’s pretty easy to see why NFL scouts are so excited about Ramsey’s potential.
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