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Why the Detroit Lions should trade for Jalen Ramsey

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The Jaguars’ star cornerback could help make the Lions contenders.

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Jacksonville Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is available for trade, per a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ramsey apparently requested a trade on the heels of the teams loss to the Houston Texans in Week 2, a game which included a sideline altercation between the corner and head coach Doug Marrone.

The corner seems to have outworn his welcome with the team that drafted him, and it is likely that he may be traded in the next few days. Dysfunction in Duval county could lead the the Detroit Lions’ gain, as they have the ability to bring in an all-pro level player at one of their biggest positions of need.

Ramsey was selected by the Jaguars fifth overall in the 2016 NFL draft and was an instant star. In both 2017 and 2018 he was named a Pro Bowl starter, and earned first team all-pro designation in 2017. He has nine career interceptions and 45 credited passes defended in just over three years. The corner also has not missed a single game in his career up to this point.

Detroit could desperately use a talent like Ramsey in their defensive backfield. While Darius Slay is great, Rashaan Melvin is not the best player they could have across from him. The addition of Ramsey would instantly give the Lions the best tandem in the league at one of the sport’s most important positions. Every team in general could benefit from the addition of Ramsey in the defensive backfield.

Ramsey fits the Lions defensive scheme well. He is great in man coverage and his play making ability allows him to slide right into the Lions starting role at corner. Detroit plays man coverage as much as any other team in the league, and placing Ramsey alongside Slay would give the team two of the top man coverage corners in the league.

He is affordable as well. Ramsey will cost the team around $3 million in 2019, and then is owed a non-guaranteed $13.7 million in 2020 (exercised fifth-year option). A trade for Ramsey probably means the Lions would have to sign him to an extension in the upcoming offseason.

Per Schefter, the Jaguars want upwards of a first round pick for their star corner.

Jacksonville’s front office does not have much leverage in this situation, but a bidding war between teams could possibly make Ramsey worth a first-round pick plus an additional day two pick. Depending on the interest, Jacksonville might even be able to land two first-round picks.

Either way, whatever the cost for the Lions to acquire a player like Ramsey is worth it. Getting a player like Ramsey with a first-round pick is franchise defining, and the Jaguars’ near Super Bowl run in 2017 is proof of that.

There is the possibility that Ramsey is traded the day this article comes out, and if the Lions are to make a move for the corner then it is likely that general manager Bob Quinn has already made a call to the Jaguars.

Landing Ramsey could be the spark that wins the Lions their first division win in decades and makes the team a real playoff contender.