The following is a pure fantasy piece. There is a very specific way that we are approaching these pieces.
- A trade. ***ONLY ONE*** This must include the player/pick(s) (obviously) as well as the compensation you would have to give up acquiring him/the pick(s).
- Two free agents (contracts are irrelevant since we have a wizard in Paraag Marathe) but it must only be two free agents. For the purposes of this exercise, we will assume that anyone who is a free agent at the time of authoring the article is fair game.
- Two draft picks. The picks can obviously be anyone but within the realm of possibility (so no Nick Bosa and Josh Allen – the team are extremely unlikely to be able to land two consensus top 10 players with no character concerns)
Okay, okay I know the talk of the town is all about Antonio Brown and now the OBJ trade rumors are heating up, but I have a trade that I believe will help the Niners even more in the long run. Rumor has it that during the mid-season of 2018 a certain player begin talking about how he no longer liked playing in a certain sunny area. Who might this player be? Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the House of the Boltons. Now ask yourself this — what is the 49ers largest weakness? Many of you will say the pass-rush. That’s fair, but their defensive line is pretty solid, especially in the middle led by DeForest Buckner. The 49ers struggled in their secondary because they ran zone-coverage what seemed like 99% of the time. The team had two lone interceptions in 2018. The Jaguars are currently $8M over the cap, and that is including the $10M increase of the cap. Trading Ramsey will save them $3.5M, which will lower their cap to about $4.5M over. Now this is Ramsey’s final year on his rookie contract, so trading him seems logical because they clearly don’t have the money to offer him an extension at this time. Being that Ramsey is a premier shutdown defensive back in this league, it’s going to cost the the John Lynch & the 49ers possibly their 1st and 3rd-round picks of 2019 (#2 & #67). However, in return they’ll receive the Jags 1st and 4th-round picks (#7 & #103). Ramsey is only 24 and having two shutdown corners is always immensely better than one. Also third-year players like Ahekllo Witherspoon will improve and get better and be able to take over once Sherman retires.
Option B: Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants
Aww the most wonderful time of year is almost upon us. Shopping for free agents in year 3 of the rebuild is a must. This is the year I believe Lynch becomes a big spender. There are plenty of key holes on the Niners roster to fill, and with so many big names out there, I expect the front office to try their best to do just that.. I’d like to build the best defense in the world — especially if I’m Lynch because defense is my area of expertise. So with that being said, let’s stay in the secondary. We all want the best of the best and the fact that there are plenty of options to choose at safety makes this choice a tad bit difficult. If I’m apart of the Niners front office, I’m courting the best and going after Earl Thomas, previously of the Seattle Seahawks. I’m hoping Richard Sherman will do the courting and convincing ET there’s nothing better than playing your former team twice a season, plus that beautiful California weather and the greatest fans should make the decision a no-brainer. Sherman recently said that if the offers from Dallas and San Francisco are the same, ET is going to Dallas. That might be just Sherm trying to get his brother a
bigger check, or there might be some truth to it. However, at the end of the day, money speaks the loudest.
Option B:Tyrann Mathieu – Houston Texans. He can cover multiple spots in the secondary and he’s only 25.
Now that the secondary has been addressed, let’s get some added pressure to the QB. Since I get the feeling Jadeveon Clowney (who is my top choice) and Demarcus Lawrence (my second choice) will both be slapped with franchise tags, my choice would be Frank Clark, who is only 25 years old (soon to be 26). I know I know he’s another guy out of Seattle, but they draft defensive players very well and he can be that seasoned, yet young edge we need. He finished the 2018 season with 34 solo tackles and 14 sacks (Double D’s)
Option B: Trey Flowers – New England Patriots.
Who’s going to Nashville? April 25, 2019 can’t get here soon enough. The 49ers currently hold six picks in the 2019 NFL draft.
With the first two rounds barring trades, the 49ers select with the #2 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Quinnen Williams, DT out of Alabama. Why? He doesn’t fill a need. Here’s why — Williams is projected to be the most talented player in this years draft. He’s compared to the NFL’s defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald. NFL scouts say he has a high motor. The last time I checked, pressure in the face is greater than pressure on the sides. With a talent like Williams and our sack-leader of 2019, DeFo, I the pressure up front would be almost unstoppable. Think back to the Dana Stubblefield and Bryant Young era. Man, 1994 was a great year. This will almost be the perfect replica of that defense up front.
Option B: Clelin Ferrell – DE Clemson
The 49ers select Chase Winovich, (6-3 255 lbs) DE/OLB from Michigan with the 36th pick . Now he’s no Rashan Gary, but he gets to the QB and he knows how to read and stop the run. He plays with a high motor and rarely takes plays off. Winovich is a solid option for the 49ers, and hopefully provides some much-needed pressure in his rookie season.
Option B: Jaylon Ferguson – Edge Louisiana Tech
Quest For Six!