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NFL Weekend: "Made Glorious in Draft By This Son Of Cal..."

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Yes, I shamelessly tweaked a line from Richard III, Act I, but "The Bard" has to allow for NFL writers snagging snippets of his brilliance every now and then, right?

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The final countdown has begun for the 2016 NFL Draft. On April 28th, all the mind numbing Mock Drafts will settle into a season's long hibernation. Top picks will be made, and the immediate future of NFL franchises will begin to swirl toward what's next...

With the 1st overall pick, the L.A. Rams seem destined - after shipping off a boat load of picks to Tennesee - to take a quarterback. Philadelphia looks to be headed the same way with their move up thru a trade with Cleveland, but will they? Don't be shocked if the Eagles throw a wrench in things, and take a player like Jalen Ramsey or Myles Jack instead. All the focus on Sam Bradford has caused NFL fans to all but ignore Philadelphia's enormous, red flag, glaring weaknesses on defense. Laremy Tunsil could very well be an option here too, with aging 13 year veteran left tackle Jason Peters nearing the end of his career...

Arm chair sniping - at who'll the Rams will select at #1 overall - is going to reach a fever pitch right up to the moment Rodger Goodell announces who it is L.A.'s Jeff Fisher and Les Snead are going to roll the dice with in 2016. I've seen all the good things both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz offer, but let's not lose sight of the things each possess on the "debit side" of the ledger. We all know finding fault with any player is easy for most fans, but not me. I'm a perennial optimist, so heading down this track is actually outside my wheel house. In that vein, I'm going to touch on some rather obscure points I've seen on film in both Goff and Wentz for you to consider...

Jared Goff hasn't earned his NFL Draft stock rise by being a physical specimen. Let's face it, he's skinny, and has small hands...

On a side note, Brandon Bate's hands are so small he needs to use both to hold onto a beer. I'm just sayin'... Where was I? Oh yes, Jared Goff's little weakness that's troubling me? While the video below with Jon Gruden shows the former NFL head coach drooling over his talent, something made me study Goff's college film more closely. If you watch his throws to the right side of the field - especially between 5 and 15 yards - he has a glaring tell NFL corner backs are going to feast on. He opens up, shifting his body drastically and planting his feet in his stance in such a way that it's going to seen by ball-hawking defensive backs. Yes, I'm serious, and I'll go so far as predict the lion's share of any interceptions he throws in the NFL will come off of this side, and within the zone I've described.

To view both the videos for Jon Gruden's QB Camp, use this code provided by TSTer Tavon Awesome: Spider2YBanana... For Goff's QB Camp, go here.  For Carson Wentz, go here.

Speaking of Carson Wentz, the little titches I've seen in his game make me wonder just how they'll play themselves out at the next level. This young man is passionate about the game of football, which is a great character aspect to possess if you believe you have what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. While I think the time he's spent in a "Pro Style" offense at North Dakota State has been way overvalued, it shows basis points Jared Goff lacks. Problems with staring down receivers can be coached out, but the early years of his NFL career are going to be mared by - what I believe is - a hyper ego established by playing against lower tier talent in college. Let me explain...

Watch the Gruden video, and the same scene shown on virtually every evaluation for Wentz shows up. He rolls out to his left, and runs for a touchdown, bowling over a defensive back trying to keep him out of the end zone. Great play, right? Well, at the college level, maybe, but image Kam Chancellor making the same hit, or any number of NFL caliber defensive backs. That's his throwing shoulder there folks, and if he doesn't learn fast, I predict he'll be on Injured Reserve for a shoulder injury quite a few times in his career. The other titch that has me both worried, and excited for his future  in the NFL, is a temper he's tried to hide throughout this whole pre-draft vetting process. If it stems from an unceasing will to win, I'm more than fine with it. On the flip side, if it's from an inability to rein in his emotions, it's going to be a potential red flag. He shows a flash of it in the Gruden video, and when he sat down with NFL.com's Steve Mariucci.

Wentz is - potentially - about to be drafted by a team in one of the toughest media markets in the world. Will his temper unravel as the pressure to perform in L.A. begins to build? Laugh all you want, but this little titch should be in your final player evaluation, and I'm pretty sure more than a few NFL teams have this on their lists on both the good, and bad, sides of their scouting ledgers.

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I began last week thinking Carson Wentz would be the best choice for the Los Angeles Rams. The possibility he has a Ben Roethlisberger-esk ceiling is very real. In the end, I'm leaning toward the more cerebral upside of Jared Goff. The offense Goff played in while at Cal scares me a little, since system trained players have an almost "coin flip" ceiling at the NFL level. Marcus Mariota made the transition, but I can't honestly put Goff in the same tier as the former Oregon star quarterback.

There's a potentially sad truth here. The need to find a franchise quarterback is all-consuming for NFL teams. It haunts those in search of one, and as we've seen before, it causing quarterback needy team to reach at times. How Wentz and Goff will turn out in the NFL is nothing more than guesswork at this point. The one I'm betting on in the 2016 NFL Draft? With the 1st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams select... Jared Goff, quarterback, University of California...