Not all 2024 Top-10 rookie QBs are too lofty for LA Rams reach

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The 2024 NFL Draft seems to be loaded with quarterback talent, and your favorite passer among the group may simply be a matter of preference. Isn't it a bit ironic that in the final chapter of the PAC-10 football conference, three of the top-tier hurlers all come from that NCAA football conference?

V- QB Bo Nix, Oregon

It's virtually impossible for me to consider the attributes and talents of Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and not associate him with former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Some NFL boards have Nix as late as Round 3. Others have him as early as late in Round 1. Some even consider Nix a talent who will come off the board before Michigan's J.J. McCarthy.

At 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, Bo Nix is a mobile pocket passer who has shown the ideal improvement as a quarterback year after year. While he can move well, if the pocket breaks down, Nix is able and willing to avoid the pass rush, moving to safer spaces, and continuing to look for receivers as he extends plays. If defenses get pressure on him early, his alarm goes off sooner, and he will bail prematurely. Still, he has a short compact delivery and he can make all of the throws in the play book. Projected: Late Round 1 to early Round 2

VI - QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one of the strongest throwing arms in the 2024 rookie class. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs a respectable 213 pounds. Penix is a southpaw, which will force offenses to need to flip their play designs. As such, his blindside is his right offensive tackle, which could also alter the way offenses view him and their playbook. Still, he brings a complete pocket presence and an incredible ability to deliver the ball to the right spot at the right time.

Penix is nearly 24 years old, an age that will cause some NFL teams to steer clear. But I not only do not believe the Rams to shy away from a more mature 2024 rookie prospect, his advanced age may actually be a positive check in their shopping list. He can make rapid progression reads, finds and exploits mismatches, and can extend plays by avoiding the pass rush while continuing to seek an open receiver. He is an ideal understudy for LA Rams veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, and has the same traits, even down to forgetting a bad play and bouncing back with a huge pass. Projection: Late Round 1