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.
Jared Goff, California – In 2013, Goff was the first true freshman quarterback to start a Cal opener since at least WWII. His teams improved from 1-11, to 5-7 in 2014, to 8-5 last season with a win over Air Force in the Armed Services Bowl. He had 43 touchdowns with 13 interceptions last season.
Comment: Rams were last in total offense, passing offense, and on third down. Team made historic trade, leapfrogged 14 clubs to get to Goff.
For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles has a home team participating in the NFL draft. And Angelenos better be sure to tune in on time for the first round Thursday because the Rams have the No. 1 overall pick.
That's 5 p.m. Pacific on ESPN and the NFL Network.