How Kaleb Ramsey Fits with the San Francisco 49ers

Peter PanacyFeatured Columnist IVMay 10, 2014

Defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey finally has his shot to break into the NFL.
Defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey finally has his shot to break into the NFL.Chuck Burton/Associated Press

As the San Francisco 49ers entered the seventh—and final—round of the 2014 NFL draft, general manager Trent Baalke was looking to add depth and supplementary players to round out the eventual roster heading into training camp.

Of San Francisco's two remaining picks in the round, the 49ers elected to draft defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey out of Boston College with the 243rd overall pick.

Ramsey is an interesting and unique commodity for head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers franchise. 

At 6'3" and 293 pounds, Ramsey is a good-sized specimen for action along the D-line. Yet the one mark against him has been the injury bug.

But as far as depth goes, the addition makes some sense as the 49ers look to have as many flexible pieces in place moving forward.

 

Ramsey does have a lot of worthy physical traits, which the 49ers hope to put to good use.
Ramsey does have a lot of worthy physical traits, which the 49ers hope to put to good use.USA TODAY Sports

The Positives

As mentioned, Ramsey's size is something worthy of note. This gives him some versatility when it comes to lining up along the defensive line—something he did at Boston College, per his draft profile on CBS Sports.

If he is able to put on some weight, Ramsey would be a force to reckon with matching up against the interior of opposing lines. 

Either way, Ramsey still provides the likable depth at positions that can suffer some attrition. The 49ers were forced to thin our their D-line last year when nose tackle Ian Williams was lost early in the season.

Additions like Ramsey will help offset possible events like this if they occur in the future.

 

Ramsey has been plagued by injuries for the majority of his collegiate career.
Ramsey has been plagued by injuries for the majority of his collegiate career.USA TODAY Sports

The Negatives

The primary mark against Ramsey is the injury factor. 

Ramsey missed sizable portions from four of his six seasons at the collegiate level. Those six seasons suggest something, consider the NCAA granting a sixth year of eligibility. 

This begs the question whether or not Ramsey could hold up to an elongated role over the course of a season. But the 49ers are most likely not seeking out a player like Ramsey to fill such a void.

Another knock on his profile page reads as follows:

"Ramsey is a load to handle off the snap, but doesn't always rush the pocket with a plan and needs to play smarter with better instincts. He moves well for a 300-plus pounder, but too easily allows himself to get tied up with single blockers."

Now down in weight, Ramsey will have to rely even more on such instincts in order to shed blocks and make his way behind opposing lines.

Whether or not he can do this—and stay healthy in the process—will directly influence whether or not he has a shot for the 49ers' roster.

 

Final Thoughts

Ramsey could be an enticing steal of the later rounds of the draft if he is able to develop the skills necessary to advance to the next level.

While his awareness and instincts are not necessarily the best at this point, his raw physicality could be something Harbaugh and Co. see as a worthy commodity.

Ramsey should serve as a depth option behind nose tackles Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams.
Ramsey should serve as a depth option behind nose tackles Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams.USA TODAY Sports

He'll be stacked up on San Francisco's depth chart behind Glenn Dorsey, Williams and other flexible components of the 49ers D-line, but at least the added depth provides some insurance at positions that often suffer a large rate of attrition over the course of a season.

Now, Ramsey just has to stay healthy and work his way up the roster.

 

As always, be sure to stay tuned to this author's coverage and analysis of each 49ers pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

 

Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the San Francisco 49ers. Follow him @PeterMcShots on Twitter.