No Extension for Jalen Ramsey Contract, No Word on Jalen Ramsey Trade
Jalen Ramsey is looking for a new contract and Jacksonville has said they are not interested at this time. There was some talk before the recent draft of a possible Jalen Ramsey trade but nothing ever happened. But where there is smoke there is always fire. I believe Jacksonville would be open to the idea.
Ramsey is becoming frustrated in Jacksonville and I think new scenery would do him some good, especially on an upcoming team with an up and coming defense, like maybe the 49ers. The 49ers are without a second round pick next season because general manager John Lynch already traded the pick to the Chiefs for defensive end Dee Ford. But what if Mr. Lynch calls up Jacksonville and offers the club's first-round pick for cornerback Jalen Ramsey?
Fantasy football is very different from the NFL. But I think we can still apply some of the same ideas. For example, I play in a few dynasty leagues. These differ from redraft leagues because instead of picking a new team every year, you draft once and keep the same team. Every year after that you receive draft picks and those are used to draft rookies only. Ever so often you get your Ezekiel Elliott's and Saquon Barkley's, but for the most part, rookies are unknown and you are drafting based on potential. Sound familiar? It's because of this notion that I myself rather have proven players over the unknowns.
As I said earlier rookie draft picks in the fantasy football all mostly unknowns with potential. I did some digging into how many first-round picks bust in the NFL. The consensus from what I saw was anywhere from 45-50 percent bust, it's almost a 50-50 shot you draft a viable starter. I saw one article where the success rate drops over 20% in the first round after the first five picks. Let's look at the 49ers last ten NFL first-round drafts, excluding the most recent draft class because they haven't played in an NFL game yet.
2009 - Michael Crabtree - Free Agent
2010 - Anthony Davis - Retired, unretired, retired, trying to unretire again, who knows
2010 - Mike Iupati - Cardinals guard, been injured past few years
2011 - Aldon Smith - Can't stay out of trouble
2012 - A.J. Jenkins - Not currently playing
2013 - Eric Reid - Panthers
2014 - Jimmie Ward - Still with the 49ers, but plagued with injuries
2015 - Arik Armstead - Still with the 49ers
2016 - DeForest Buckner - Still with the 49ers, needs a long-term contract, pay the man.
2016 - Joshua Garnett - Still with the 49ers, plagued with injuries as well
2017 - Solomon Thomas - Still with the 49ers, has faced some personal issues the past couple years.
2017 - Reuben Foster - *sigh*
2018 - Mike McGlinchey - Drafted last year, looks to be a score in the win column
Of these 13 draft selections in the past 10 years, only six are currently on the 49ers roster, a few of them are not even in the league anymore. Of the six still currently on the roster, only two, maybe three of them do fans still want on the roster.
Make the Call Mr. Lynch
I understand Ramsey is a big personality and he's very cocky, but he gets the job done and he's only 24 years old. He hasn't even hit his prime yet. The 49ers secondary was hot garbage last season and a lot of that was the fact they lacked a pass rush. But with quarterbacks trying to avoid Richard Sherman last season the other side of the field was torched. What if Ramsey was opposite Sherman? Imagine quarterbacks afraid of throwing the ball completely and then getting swallowed up by the pass rush.
Sure the one downside is the fact the 49ers would not have a draft pick until the third round next season, but I rather go with the known of Ramsey than the unknown of some rookie next season.
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