Over at SBN today, we’ve got a full draft from all 32 NFL teams of every QB in the NFL. Adam Stites used the current Bovada Super Bowl odds to create the draft order, and the results are somewhat telling for Los Angeles Rams fans.
The Rams are on the board at #4 with Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck going #1 overall to the Cleveland Browns followed by Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr going to the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, respectively.
So with nearly every option on the table, who do the Rams take?
4. Los Angeles Rams — Dak Prescott
This is a boom-or-bust selection and it feels really early, but it sets the Rams up with the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year who turns 24 later this month. The question is how much the dominant offensive line of the Cowboys and the help of Ezekiel Elliott helped Prescott during his remarkably efficient rookie season. Todd Gurley should help that transition, though.
I’m a little uncomfortable with the lack of experience here. The following picks take QBs with much longer resumes in Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins. And sure, part of the dynamic of this hypothetical draft is that you have to factor age in in a much more important way than the actual NFL Draft. That’s why Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer are all in the last 10 picks. You’ve got the three rookie options (Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky, Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes and Houston Texas QB DeShaun Watson) all between 18 and 22.
As for the Rams’ current franchise QB? He comes in one spot above Blake Bortles (#yikes):
27. Pittsburgh Steelers — Jared Goff
The No. 1 pick in 2016 didn’t show much as a rookie and it certainly doesn’t feel like there’s much optimism around him. But getting a top pick in his second season isn’t a raw deal by any stretch for the Steelers.
Goff was always going to come in at the bottom after his 2016 season. His stock around the league is, understandably, incredibly low.
Here’s hoping that new Head Coach Sean McVay can help Goff turn things around to the point that if we’re doing this exercise again in a year’s time, Goff’s in the top half of the draft.