Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On The Clock: The Rams in prime position to take a franchise quarterback

Photo Credit: Geno Green

With the annual National Football League Draft fast approaching on Thursday at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams will be the first team on the clock and are expected take a quarterback in that spot.

Here are the two players the Rams will choose from to tailor their future around:

The Jared Goff Profile:    

School: The University of California

Notable College Accomplishments:

- Set the California school record as a junior in 2015 for passing yards (3,508)

- Threw for 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions against Air Force in the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl

2016 NFL Combine Results:

40-yard Dash- 4.82 seconds

Vertical Jump- 27.0 inches 

Broad Jump- 110.0 inches

3 Cone Drill- 7.17 seconds

The case for Goff to be selected by the Rams:

- More of a pocket passer than Carson Wentz and shows an innate ability to use his arm to make big plays down the field.

- With players like running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Tavon Austin potentially at his disposal, the opportunities look to be endless as Goff could be the quarterback the Rams have been looking for since the Kurt Warner era (1998-03).

The Carson Wentz Profile:

School: North Dakota State University 

Notable College Accomplishments:

- Won back-to back FCS national championships as the starting quarterback at North Dakota State (2014- 15)

- Named to the College Sports Information Directors Association All-American team in back-to-back seasons (2014-15)

2016 NFL Combine Results:

40-yard Dash- 4.77 seconds

Vertical Jump- 30.5 inches 

Broad Jump- 118.0 inches

3 Cone Drill- 6.86 seconds

The case for Wentz to be selected by the Rams:

- More of an outside scrambler than Goff, Wentz presents a different dynamic and one the Rams might be willing to take a chance on.

- With quarterbacks such as Sam Bradford, Nick Foles and Case Keenum proving to be unsuccessful in recent years because of injuries and the one-dimensional pocket traits each player carried, Wentz's ability to improvise at times in college could be what the doctor ordered.

- As mentioned earlier, Gurley's vision in the backfield, along with Austin's downfield skill set could prove to be the ultimate triple threat and a flashback to the Greatest Show On Turf days of Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.

Geno's final verdict:

If I were a front office worker in the L.A. Rams draft room, Goff would be my choice, but not for the reasons most fans would think.

For the first time in two decades, professional football in Los Angeles is back and the marketable potential of drafting Goff and keeping him in-state could be the focal point, along with a rising superstar in Gurley.

Add on the scenario of a new stadium being built in three seasons, while playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum could make the Rams a hot destination for the majority of the league's players.

At this point, everything is a fantasy, but why not dream on because that is what makes the NFL Draft one of the marquee events on television each year.

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