The St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has backed Case Keenum as his starting quarterback for 2016, though that does not mean that the Rams might not be interested in adding another quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.
One indication the Rams are open to bringing in another QB in a few months? They were among several other teams watching North Dakota State Bison Carson Wentz at the FCS National Championship this weekend:
NY— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) , , & Rams have personnel people & scouts on hand to watch Carson Wentz/QB/ND St at the FCS title gameJanuary 9, 2016
Wentz lead his team to a 37-10 win over Jacksonville State, to win their fifth-straight FCS championship. Wentz completed 16 of 30 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for 79 yards and two TDs on nine carries.
As surprising as it is, Wentz is among a handful of quarterbacks that could be drafted in the first round. There's even a chance that he could be the first quarterback picked overall:
Carson Wentz - game on line vs UNI- 4th and 8- far hash Comeback - arm talent pic.twitter.com/cgFeJOsbmY— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) January 8, 2016
carson wentz the best athlete at qb in this class pic.twitter.com/C0qZe3l4hm— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) January 2, 2016
So what is so special about Wentz? He has the athleticism, accuracy, and he is 6-foot-6. He is a playmaker on the ground with a solid arm. Plus with the current draft class, the NFL loves players with upside that has attributes that translate to starting quarterbacks.
There are some negatives with Wentz. He has only started an entire season once which was in 2014. This season, he broke his wrist; the championship game was his first game played since October. Perhaps most blatantly, Wentz is a quarterback for a Division I FCS school. If he was doing what he does with Ohio State or Alabama, NFL teams would feel a little safer. With a hell of a curve in talent when he becomes a pro, it might be the preference to bring him along slowly instead of making him the day one starter.
The Rams need a quarterback. Are you interested in Wentz? Or should the Rams go in another direction?