Philadelphia Sports Day

Wentz Pick Proving to Make Rams Regretful

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by Dan Laverde

In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Eagles traded up to claim the No. 2 overall pick. At that moment, Philadelphia knew it could potentially get the quarterback of the future.

What they didn’t know was who they were going to choose: Jared Goff, the star from UC Berkeley or Carson Wentz, the widely-considered gamble pick from the FCS powerhouse, North Dakota State.

As the top quarterbacks in the draft, it was speculated that Goff and Wentz would go one-two, but who the Eagles would pick was dependent on who the Rams decided to take No. 1.

One way the situation could be looked at is, the player that would be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia was in the hands of the Los Angeles Rams that evening on April 28, 2016.

When the Rams opted to take Goff first overall, they essentially gave Wentz a one-way ticket to the City of Brotherly Love.

Looking back today, the decision to take Goff over Wentz that night could be proving to be a regretful one for the Rams.

The Eagles, on the other hand, are feeling confident that they may have indeed found the quarterback of their future in Wentz.

Although it’s still early to know that for sure, Wentz has shown he has the makings to mold into a legitimate franchise quarterback and, at the very least, is an encouraging talent that the team can build pieces around.

While Wentz did have a promising rookie campaign, that is not to say that Goff played badly enough in his first NFL season to be considered a bust.

When determining who had the better showcase of the two, it’s fair to be mindful of the fact that Goff only played seven games and Wentz played a full season.

Take a look at the side-by-side comparison of their rookie season stats (2016-17):

  G Record Cmp% Yds Y/A TD INT QBR

Wentz

16

7-9

62.4

3,782

6.2

16

14

52.8

Goff

7

0-7

54.6

1,089

5.3

5

7

22.2

Despite playing fewer games, Goff’s stats are still alarming, especially when looking at the fact that he failed to lead his team to victory in any of the games he started.

A new season, more experience and little competition for the starting job in LA with Sean Mannion may very well spark a breakout sophomore campaign for Goff, but as of the beginning of NFL Training Camp 2017, it looks like the Eagles got the better of the two in that 2016 Draft.

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