Ever since the Los Angeles Rams traded up to get the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the buzz surrounding Carson Wentz and Jared Goff have ratcheted up. As it stands now, both quarterbacks have a great opportunity to be selected with the first two picks. However, there maybe future trades to impact the looming NFL draft. No matter what happens, success is not guaranteed with this current crop of quarterbacks.
According to NFL.com’s four draft gurus, it’s a lock for one of the quarterbacks to go No. 1. Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis each have Wentz going first. Meanwhile, Charley Casserly projects Goff to be the top selection by the Rams.
There’s no guarantee that either quarterback will become sensations in the NFL. They may have success early and still succumb to the rigors of the league before their first contract is finished. Some quarterbacks have flamed out so early, it’s a wonder that NFL teams take quarterbacks in the first round. Yet, as the draft draws near, the war rooms can’t help themselves.
Inside NFL circles, many people believe Goff is the more-ready NFL prospect. For one, Goff played at Cal in the PAC-12 and had to overcome some bad teams to elevate the program’s status. With the Rams supposedly one quarterback away from becoming a Super Bowl contender, there will be a lot of pressure on anybody that is selected first. Yet, the more-ready argument doesn’t fly and is one of the most over hyped usages in draft lore.
On the flipside, Wentz was part of a North Dakota State program that dominates college football on the FCS level. They’ve won five straight championships and didn’t miss a beat while Wentz was sidelined with a broken arm. Yet, he came back in time for the playoffs to lead another successful run.
Here’s where the draft can get interesting. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 2 pick and could be in the market for a quarterback. A few weeks ago, they signed former No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III during free agency. RG III is young enough to want to be a long-term starter with the Browns. He’s also fragile enough to be a short-term solution if the Browns draft another quarterback in the first round. Clearly, they haven’t had success in this area.
Surprisingly, Goff seems to be in danger of dropping if he’s not taking with the first pick. Jeremiah has him staying home and playing for the San Francisco 49ers, while Brooks foresees Goff getting selected seventh by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 8 pick.
Right now, Paxton Lynch is the third quarterback projected in the NFL draft. He’s projected to go as high as No. 20 to the New York Jets or as low as No. 29 to the Arizona Cardinals. Currently, the Jets have their own quarterback problems and brought in Brad Hoyer for a free agent visit.
Out of the 16 quarterbacks taken in the first round since the 2010 NFL Draft, eight of them are no longer with their original team. Sam Bradford was the last of the big money rookies. Fittingly, he was the Rams’ selection to turn the franchise around. A year removed from the Bradford era, the Rams believed their only choice was to garner another No. 1 pick. Hopefully for their sake, they hit the jackpot this time.
Here’s a list of the last 16 Qbs drafted in the first round
Robert Griffin III