The Los Angeles Rams are making a move to find their franchise quarterback in the draft, but which quarterback will be chosen with the 1st pick?
It’s clear the Rams are going to pick a quarterback with the 1st pick in the NFL Draft but which new franchise quarterback will be under center for Los Angeles come week 1? The draft pick will either be Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Both quarterbacks seem to fit in the Los Angeles Organization, is this an easier choice than some people may think?
The Rams had private workouts with both players and it’s probably true the organization is leaning towards one player. Los Angeles have praised both players for their abilities on and off the field, but some experts are saying the Rams have an easy choice with number 1. Carson Wentz should be packing his bags for Los Angeles.
“I really like Jared Goff, but he doesn’t have the upside that this kid [Wentz] has,” said Mike Mayock, NFL Network draft analyst. “So in my mind, it has to be Wentz — it’s not even a question — and I think it’s the intangibles that sold [Rams Coach] Jeff Fisher and Les Snead, on top of the physical stuff.”
Another draft expert, Greg Cosell, said that taking the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Wentz over Goff would be a “no-brainer.” The former Cal quarterback is an inch shorter and, at 215 pounds, more angular. “To me, Carson Wentz’s physical traits are far better than Jared Goff’s,” said Cosell, executive producer of NFL Matchups. “I think it’s reasonable to compare Wentz to Andrew Luck.
Cris Collinsworth, color analyst on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, raised eyebrows last month when, in his first-ever mock draft, he predicted that the Rams would trade all the way up to make Wentz the top pick. Fans were happen enough that the Rams might draft Payton Lynch with the 15th pick, but now Los Angeles has the opportunity to draft the 6-foot-5 QB from North Dakota State.
Every quarterback has a weakness and there is a huge one Wentz will deal with in the NFL. Though he carried himself well and looked like a major-college prospect during Senior Bowl week, strength of competition is a legitimate concern for Wentz. He didn’t face a ton of complex defenses, nor did he have to deal with defenses loaded with top NFL prospects. One could argue that this is mitigated by the talent on Wentz’s own team, but it’s an issue nonetheless.
The Rams are placed in one of the toughest divisions in football, can Carson Wentz lead the Rams to their first NFC West Title since 2003? With the spotlight on the Rams with the move back to Los Angeles, time has run out for excuses it’s time to win some football games.