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The Intrigue Of The Number Four Overall Pick

We’ve been talking about the 2016 NFL Draft since Dec. 19, 2015, when the Cowboys finally almost mercifully were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

A lot of that talk began as early as Thanksgiving when Tony Romo’s collarbone broke for the second and final time during that 2015 season, officially the third worst 16-game season record in club history.

Finally, after all this time, after all this talk, the draft is almost upon us. Instead of four months away, now it’s just four weeks away, and the million dollar question still remain. Who will the Cowboys take with the number four pick in the 2016 Draft? Here are some thoughts.

With all these confusing mocks drafts that keep changing no one knows for sure. Tennessee, Cleveland, and San Diego have yet to tip their hands a huge factor at No. 4. Who knows a trade might be in the works. Let the drama play out.

Will it be a quarterback? A defensive end? A cornerback? A running back? A defensive tackle? A linebacker? A wide receiver?

The only position we can most definitely rule out is offensive line as we are set there for years to come. If i were running the Dallas Cowboys my fourth pick would be Jalen Ramsey. He has speed quickness and a ball hawk something the Cowboys definitely need that will take them over the top.

The fourth pick in this draft, the highest position the Cowboys have unceremoniously earned since selecting quarterback Troy Aikman with the first pick in the 1989 draft (or using what would have been the first pick in the 1990 draft on Steve Walsh in the ’89 supplemental draft), I want a dynamic player, a guy with unique talents, someone who creates lightning on the field such as some of these previous fourth picks over the past several decades.

Ramsey comes in at 6 ft-1 inches, 209 lbs, and has ran the 40-yard dash between 4.27 seconds and 4.47, factoring to his 4.41 combine time. I saw where he has a 41½” vertical and an 11’3” standing long jump, and I heard he’s the first true Florida State freshman to start at corner since Deion Sanders in 1985.

Now what intrigues me is that as a kid Ramsey won the Tennessee state high school decathlon title. He set the state record in the long jump at 23’3¼”. He also ran a 10.5-second time in the 100-yard dash, 21.44 in the 200 and 48.02 in the 400, that last one right there saying something about his competitive nature. He didn’t stop there.

Ramsey had a 6’8” high jump, a 47’7” triple jump and a – now get this –49’11” shot put.

He participated in track more as a hobby, something to keep him in shape for football. Ramsey in 2015 won the ACC Indoor and Outdoor long jump titles and ran a 39.28 first leg on FSU’s championship 4×100 relay team. At the NCAA Indoors, his 26’1¾” got him fourth in the nation and was just inches short of qualifying to compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials this summer.

Who knows if Ramsey will even be available with the number 4 pick but if he is….the Cowboys will need to pick him.  Ramsey’s skill set is much needed in the Cowboys secondary. Pair Ramsey with second year player Byron Jones and add a strong pass rush we could make some serious noise this upcoming season.

 

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