By ESPN NFL INSIDERS
By virtually every measure, the top two quarterbacks in the 2016 draft are Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. The Rams, who last week traded up to snag the No. 1 pick, will meet with both Goff and Wentz ahead of next week’s draft.
But we’re not waiting until next week to make the decision the Rams have to make.
We asked 13 of ESPN’s NFL writers, analysts and front-office experts to pick the best quarterback in the draft, Goff or Wentz, and to explain why one of them is ahead on their draft board. The results are below, and you can cast your vote here.
Mel Kiper Jr., NFL Draft Analyst: Goff and Wentz both have tremendous upside, but it’s a passing league, and my preference is the guy who is the more advanced prospect in that area. Wentz offers a great physical profile, with size, movement skills and arm strength, but Goff comes with a more developed skill set where I need it most. He anticipates well, reads defenses, moves defenders with his eyes, can read the field, and throws strikes both underneath and down the field. It’s a close call, but I give a narrow edge to Goff at this point. What will be most important for each is where they land and how well they are coached up.
Mark Dominik, NFL Front Office Insider: I am a Goff guy. The areas where he needs to develop are all football-related. From a mechanics standpoint, he has the raw tools you look for in young quarterback prospects. Plus, his football intelligence and passion for the game are clear positives. Goff and Wentz can develop into good quarterbacks, but Wentz is in store for a much tougher transition than people realize.
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