One of the more interesting factors in the flood of mock drafts is seeing how draft evaluators change picks from mock to mock. That's the case here as Rotoworld's Josh Norris, who had the Rams taking Baylor WR Corey Coleman in his first mock three weeks ago, has Coleman at #7 overall to the 49ers in his updated mock.
Let's get the whole top 14 in:
|San Diego Chargers
|San Francisco 49ers
|Vernon Hargreaves III
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|New York Giants
|New Orleans Saints
So with his top two WRs gone as well as Goff at #2, who does Norris mock to the Rams?
Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota St.)
Writing "Los Angeles" was weird. GM Les Snead recently mentioned that the "analytics" pointed to Case Keenum "playing like a top-10 quarterback at one point." There is no way he can believe that. Wentz has a lot of talent, but I wonder if his evaluation has "peaked" with the media before the process has even started. His skills will be on display at the Senior Bowl.
I agree with Norris on the possibility of Wentz's stock having peaked already, though I'd note how arbitrary it is for QBs in this process when they work with players who they are unfamiliar with. When you're talking about something as complicated as a downfield pass that relies on technicalities that are measured in fractions of inches and seconds, throwing passes to players you've never done so with is not exactly the kind of environment that (a) lends itself to your advantage or (b) lends itself to legitimate assessment.
In any case, we've got a bit of a Wentz/Goff/Paxton Lynch thing going on now in many of the major mocks. Goff's stock is high enough right now to put him out of reach of the Rams, but it's early. And draft day trades are real.
Still, it's more fuel for the QB fire, a fire that is burning pretty damn brightly for the NFL's 32nd ranked offense in yardage in 2015.