The Los Angeles Rams have a big decision coming up next Thursday when they decide to take either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz with the first overall pick. Both quarterbacks joined this season’s edition of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp. If you haven’t checked either episode out, both run approximately 23-minutes long, you certainly should. Have a look at each episode below:
Jon Gruden, former NFL coach has been wrong about past quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel, but he still puts the quarterbacks through actually drills and makes them draw up actual plays on the white board and explain them.
Starting with Wentz, he first thing that really stands out about him is in the classroom portion. The verbiage that is used in the plays that he ran in college, are very similar to NFL concepts, not to mention he’s taking these snaps from under center.
Wentz breaks down a couple of plays for Gruden, but the one that really stands out is the second play. The North Dakota quarterback recognizes the coverage, gives a signal to his receiver, and then goes on to throw the game winning touchdown pass against Northern Iowa. Wentz breaks it all down for Gruden telling him exactly what he saw and then what he changed.
The potential number one overall pick talked about his rehab process when he broke his wrist and having to overcome that adversity.
Moving to the field, Wentz also impressed as Gruden brought out the pool noodles to create a distraction for the quarterback and also work on protecting the football.
Throughout the episode, Wentz comes off as an intelligible person that understands the game. Gruden was also very impressed with the incoming prospect.
Goff was just as impressive at the camp, although, Wentz might have been a little better. What was nice to see was all the adversity the Goff has been through. He went 1-11 in his first season at Cal, never played with a good offensive line, and also injured his shoulder in his second season.
One of Goff’s weaknesses has been his hand size, and while some have thought that won’t be a problem for him, Gruden goes through several examples, specifically a game against Oregon in which Goff fumbles twice on the same play. That is definitely something to be concerned about.
It’s also easy to see the difference between the types of reads that Wentz and Goff were forced to make in the classroom sessions. While Wentz is given almost full control and reads the defensive coverage at the line of scrimmage, Goff played in a more run-option offense in which Goff more so had to read what a linebacker was doing and then decide what to do with the ball. While Wentz is reading the defense, Goff is reading the players.
The plays that Wentz and Goff run are totally different as well. Goff’s verbiage on his play that he explained to Gruden was a lot simpler than the play Wentz explained.
One thing that was very impressive in the classroom was seeing the amount of hits Goff took and that he did so willingly in order to get the pass off and make a play. Some of these routes took time to develop and Goff is hitting them with little to no protection.
Moving into the field segment, Goff shows off his quick learning ability taking what Gruden explained to him in the classroom and then applying it on the field.
Both quarterbacks seem to have the physical attributes and the intelligence to succeed in the NFL after watching the QB Camp. While you do have to take it with a grain of salt, this is a good way to get a good look at the quarterback prospects.
Only one more week until the Rams decide who will be their quarterback of the future. Who do you want the Rams to take?