It was April 14, 2016, a few days over five years ago, that the St. Louis Rams traded up from pick 15 to pick one so that they could have their choice of franchise quarterback between Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. The parallel natures of their careers aside — teams traded up for them, they helped their teams reach a Super Bowl, they signed massive contract extensions, they got traded to new teams this year — Goff and Wentz are the headline that will always define the 2016 NFL Draft.
That and the “gas mask incident,” a moment that sure doesn’t seem like such a big deal with five years of hindsight.
If you are curious to take a look back at 2016’s first round, this YouTube video sums up all the goings on of that historic day in Rams lore, as shown on the NFL Network’s broadcast of the event.
Other players selected in the first round include Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, current LA Rams star Jalen Ramsey, Ronnie Stanley, DeForest Buckner, and another player next to Ramsey on the defense: Leonard Floyd. But much of the first round didn’t produce long-term answers at those positions for teams, such as Paxton Lynch (also didn’t make it long-term with the team that picked him) and some disappointing receivers in Corey Coleman, Laquon Treadwell, and Josh Doctson.
The Rams were surely right about one thing: the talent in 2016 was at the top.
What do you remember about 2016? What did you want Les Snead to do?