The Los Angeles Rams traded two first round picks for Jalen Ramsey — you know, a while ago — and as it turns out, the second of those picks will be 25th overall in the upcoming draft. Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose K’Lavon Chaisson with the 20th pick.
It doesn’t really matter what Chaisson did as a rookie for a number of reasons, but in case you were curious about the type of value that is certainly available in that range, Chaisson wasn’t valuable last season.
As it turns out, Ramsey cost LA picks 20 and 25, which is a high price for any player but nothing like what the Houston Texans ended up sacrificing for Laremy Tunsil. Those two prospective picks turned out to be 26th and third overall. Players who go in the top-three have a much greater chance of turning into elite difference-makers than those who go in the late first.
Here are the last 10 players to go 25th overall:
- James Carpenter, Seahawks
- Dont’a Hightower, Patriots
- Xavier Rhodes, Vikings
- Jason Verrett, Chargers
- Shaq Thompson, Panthers
- Artie Burns, Steelers
- Jabrill Peppers, Browns
- Hayden Hurst, Ravens
- Marquise Brown, Ravens
- Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
This group includes a high number of starters, but few, if any stars. Rhodes had a moment. Verrett’s recuperated well after a long absence. Aiyuk and Brown are interesting. Peppers certainly starts.
But it so happens that none of these players are near the level of Ramsey.