Tom Bogert, CBS Local Sports
As the 2016 NFL draft rapidly approaches, top prospects Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey joined the JR Sport Brief amid their busy pre-draft schedules to talk about the process and their preparations.
“I’ve definitely answered the knee questions infinity times, it’s just part of the process,” said Jack, who sat out all last year with knee issues. “You can’t get frustrated, you can’t take it out on people. At the end of the day, they’re going to make a big investment in you.”
As for what he’s most looking forward to…
“I honestly just want to get picked up and play football,” said Jack. “I missed the whole season last year, so I had to watch guys play, I had to watch the national championship, I had to watch the PAC 12 championship. I’m really just anxious to get picked up and put the helmet on again.”
JR asked if Jack could walk into a minicamp right now, and Jack pretty much said he could. There are no injuries holding him back, just getting in shape.
“I’m done with rehab, I’m really just getting back in shape, which is the fun part,” said Jack. “I get to do drills again, I’m running around, and there’s NFL guys where I’m training at so I’m trying to keep up with them and keep in shape. I’ll be ready to go when it’s time to go, I’m excited for that.”
As for Ramsey, he’s one of the top rated players in the draft and likely to go within the first handful of picks in the first round. On draft night, he expects the waterworks from his mom, but intends to smile through it all and enjoy it.
“My mom will be crying and doing whatever else she’ll be doing,” said Ramsey. “I don’t think I’ll cry, I’m a happy person, so I’m going to try to be happy. … Me, personally, I’m going to try not to cry. I might cry, I might get caught up in the moment but hopefully I don’t cry, go up there and shake his hand like a man and let her do the crying.”
Ramsey, from Florida State University, has been keeping up with his former teammates NFL
“I always talk to all my former teammates who played with me at Florida State,” said Ramsey. “They all try to give me little hints about what to expect this year coming up and just in general in the NFL.”
One of those players is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who wants the Bucs to draft his former teammate Ramsey so bad that he’d take a pay cut if that was legally possible.
“It was just his sign of respect trying to push me even more because he thinks we would make a good tandem again,” said Ramsey.
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