The great debate almost every draft has been, “Who’s the best QB in this year’s class?” This year has been no different, but unlike previous years, the Top 2 QBs are almost complete polar opposites. One is considered, “Pro ready” and technically might be one of the most technically sound QBs we’ve seen over the past decade. The other is that, “Upside” guy who has the big, projectable frame plus a strong arm to back it. When the great debate started between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, I thought it was a pretty sure thing who the better guy was, it was Goff. Then one day I was watching NFL Network’s, “Caught In The Draft” on the 2005 NFL Draft, which most Browns fans remember for selecting Braylon Edwards. But it was the QB debate in that draft class as I watched that opened my eyes. So let’s go back to the 2005 NFL Draft to see if the past can teach us something.
Aaron Rodgers/Jared Goff Both men are Pro ready QBs who don’t necessarily have the greatest arm strength out of college, but they can place the ball on a dime. Goff isn’t as built as he should be at 6’4’’, much like Aaron Rodgers was fairly skinny when he was a draft. Both were excellent leaders who were always poised in a Pac-10/12 Conference that plays at a fairly high level for the most part.
Now I’m not saying Carson Wentz is going to be Alex Smith and I’m sure not saying Jared Goff will be Aaron Rodgers. What I’m suggesting when you evaluate talent, sometimes you look too much into the prospect and not stick to the basics of finding a QB. The keys to finding a QB are Ball Placement, Poise and Leadership. Arm strength and speed are bonuses in QBs, all the great QBs have those 3 things. As I evaluated the QBs in the 2016 NFL Draft, I kept coming back to this. There is only 1 QUARTERBACK in this draft that has all of these traits, that man is California QB Jared Goff. On Draft Night it’s going to be interesting to see what the Rams and Browns scouting departments will tell us in those first two picks. If the Rams take Goff #1, they value the key traits in a QB. If the Rams select Wentz and the Browns select Goff, it shows the Rams are going on projection and not the key traits in a QB. If the Rams and Browns both pass on Goff, whoever trades up or drafts him will get a guy with a huge chip on his shoulder and mark my words, Goff would become another Aaron Rodgers. The bottom line is this, there is absolutely no debate for me who the top QB in this draft is because I’ve seen this story play out in the 2005 NFL Draft.
As the saying goes, “History always finds a way to repeat itself”, and we’re seeing it repeat in front of our eyes.