No. 3: 49ers trade the second overall selection to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the seventh overall selection and cornerback Jalen Ramsey
The 2017 NFL season had the Jacksonville Jaguars one half of good football away from going to Super Bowl LII. They finished the 2018 season with a 5-11 record and the quarterback that took them to the previous season’s AFC Championship game pulling splinters out of his backside.
It has become apparent to Jaguars management that their former first-round selection, quarterback Blake Bortles, is not good enough for the team to consistently compete with the top teams in the AFC. With the seventh overall selection in the draft, Jacksonville will be aggressively pursuing a new solution at the position.
To add another layer of intrigue, All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is entering the last year of his rookie contract and has said he wants a new deal as a show of commitment to him from the team. This after Ramsey had a very busy 2018 running his mouth.
If the Jaguars fall in love with one of this year’s quarterbacks and feel they need to out-maneuver a competing team for the guy they want, they could turn to the 49ers as a trade partner — a team desperate for defensive backfield help
A swap of the 49ers’ second overall for the Jaguars seventh overall and Ramsey would be a major steal for San Francisco. Once at seven and in a deep draft for pass-rushers, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Niners try to trade down again.
With cornerback locked down after the acquisition of Ramsey, the 49ers have a decision to make. Go after the next best pass-rusher or take a young thumper to play alongside linebacker Fred Warner for the next decade. I believe the upside of inside linebacker Devin White out of LSU is too great for San Francisco to pass on.