Everyone wants to know who will be the first pick in the NFL draft ten days from now. Since the Los Angeles Rams traded up to the top pick, everyone is gaga about the quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. Many are saying that Carson Wentz is the number one pick, while others are saying that Jared Goff the University of California gunslinger is the guy.
Here is my take. Everyone around the league knew that Jared Goff was the leader in the Browns clubhouse. That is why teams were so excited to trade up with the Titans. So why would the Rams trade up to the first pick to then pick Carson Wentz? There is no need to trade up to the first pick. They could have traded up to the third pick with the Chargers, unless another team was targeting Goff. The Eagles are high on Wentz, and that is where we have him landing in our draft. We have Goff going number 1 overall and Wentz going number 2 to the Eagles after the Browns trade down.
The Rams are reportedly reviewing the two quarterbacks and were excited to make the trade early so they could focus on the two players rather than 10-75 players. Here is a little insert from MMQB with Peter King, that gives you a better understanding.
Goff’s the leader in the clubhouse for the top pick, but there is still one other golfer on the course. I get that everyone wants to know who the top pick is, and I believe, as Mike Silver and Adam Schefter have both reported, that Cal’s Jared Goff has the edge inside the Rams’ organization over Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. But one of the reasons the Rams made this decision now is because they wanted two weeks to cross all the T’s before making the pick on April 28. The team will take some of the focus off all the choices between, say, 10 and 75 on its board now (wideout Josh Doctson, safety Karl Joseph, corner Xavien Howard, for example), and laser-focus on the two quarterbacks and the lower-round players on their draft board. I’ve heard that one of the reasons the decision isn’t done with finality is the love of Wentz inside the organization. The Rams think he has rare maturity and would be fine handling the pressure that comes with being the first pick in the draft—and a billboard on Sunset Boulevard. So we’ll see.
As a new Franchise the Rams need a face. The Los Angeles Rams will need a new face to help sell tickets and help sell their franchise. Can they really pass on Jared Goff?