There is an expectation among fans and the media that a quarterback who is among the top five picks in the draft will start from the beginning of his first NFL season.
But the Rams aren’t operating under that assumption, even though the player they chose with the first pick Thursday night, California’s Jared Goff, is considered the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft.
“It’s a case-by-case basis, and it depends on the quarterback himself,” said Rams Coach Jeff Fisher, who has three other quarterbacks — Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion — on the roster. “A lot of quarterbacks have been successful who didn’t start their first year, they’ve won Super Bowls.
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State – Bosa had more tackles for loss than any player in the nation during the past three years. Finished his Ohio State career in the top five of several defensive categories, including sacks (third with 26) and tackles for loss (fourth with 50 ½).
Comment: Bosa is the highest drafted Buckeyes player since Orlando Pace was taken No. 1 in 1997. He gets to the quarterback and can stop the run.
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – A two-time All-American and two-time NCAA FCS championship game MVP, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Wentz threw for 17 touchdowns with four interceptions last season despite missing eight games with a broken wrist.
Comment: Only one other time have the Eagles had a pick as high as No. 2. That was in 1999 when they took QB Donovan McNabb.