The 2015 NFL draft produced Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, two quarterbacks that scouts raved over, and both of these quarterbacks did not have many flaws coming into the NFL. This pair of QBs are quite the contrary to the top two picks in the 2016 draft. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were selected number one and two in 2016, and there are many questions surrounding both of the young quarterbacks. When Winston and Mariota were drafted, they were already proclaimed as almost guaranteed franchise quarterbacks. Goff and Wentz could both end up being busts based on some of the questions surrounding them.
Jared Goff has a lot of uncertainties surrounding him. He had a below .500 record while starting in college, which does not typically translate well to the NFL. There have also been concerns about some of his physical traits, and whether they may cause problems when he is in the NFL. There are also concerns about the environment that he has been drafted into. The Los Angeles Rams do not have a ton of resources to help Jared Goff grow. It also does not help that Goff will start his NFL livelihood in one of the toughest divisions in football.
Carson Wentz will be starting off in one of the easiest divisions in football, but there are still concerns surrounding him. Wentz is coming into the NFL from a small school. Many quarterbacks in the NFL come from big schools and not FCS level schools. He is also going into a situation where he might not start right away, and there is drama occurring at the position as a result of him being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here are 12 reasons Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be busts.
12. Goff Has Small Hands
This may sound silly, but having small hands can certainly affect the difficulty of throwing a tight spiral. Having a good grip of the ball is extremely important, and NFL wide receivers may be more used to the way a quarterback with normal sized quarterback hands throws the ball. A quarterback with small hands may be more prone to fumbling the football. This is the biggest red flag, and turnovers in general can cause a team to struggle mightily to win football games. Quarterbacks mainly turn the ball over by throwing interceptions. If Goff fumbles the ball due to his hand sized, NFL defensive linemen will be anxious to get to him when the ball is still in his hands.
11. Wentz Did Not Play Division I Football
It is extremely hard to envision a quarterback who did not play the top talent in college being able to excel in the NFL. Not many current starting quarterbacks in the NFL played at the FCS level. We see many quarterbacks coming from power conferences such as the SEC, PAC 12, BIG 10, and others. Quarterbacks in recent memory who have succeeded with there transition from the FCS level to the NFL include Steve McNair and Joe Flacco. Having the amount of success that these two had is certainly not the norm for FCS level quarterbacks, and it will be interesting to see if Carson Wentz can accomplish anywhere near the success Flacco and McNair had.
10. Goff Has To Play in Los Angeles
The NFL has a new marketplace after the St. Louis Rams have relocated to Los Angeles. The Rams will begin playing in Los Angeles in the 2016 NFL season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, for a fan base that has been starving for NFL football for decades. If Jared Goff does not perform well in his first season, the fans may become impatient. Los Angeles is the second biggest marketplace in the country, so every little thing Jared Goff does will be scrutinized to no end.
9. Wentz Has to Please the Philly Fans
Everyone knows about the perceived image of the fans in Philadelphia. They are not as terrible and rotten as the national media makes them to be, but they are smart fans who know that a quarterback selected number 2 in the draft has to be a franchise changing player for the better. Philadelphia is a top 5 marketplace in the country. North Dakota does not have anywhere near the media presence that Philadelphia has and Carson Wentz will need to be prepared to deal with fans that have been famished of a Super Bowl. If Carson Wentz struggles early in his career he can expect to be booed.
8. Jared Goff Has No Big Time Receivers
The Rams had one of the poorest wide receiver cores in the NFL last year. Tavon Austin has been a disappointment for the Rams since he was drafted in the top 10 of the 2013 NFL draft, and he is arguably there best wide receiver. The other starting wide receiver on the Rams is Kenny Britt. Britt is miscast as a starting wide receiver, and would not start for a majority of teams in the NFL. If the Rams want Jared Goff to have an easier transition into the NFL they would be wise to acquire talented wide receivers early on in Goff’s career.
7. Carson Wentz Doesn’t Either
The Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin after his stellar 2014 season, and have failed miserably to replace his production. The team wisely let go of Riley Cooper and replaced him with Rueben Randle, the former New York Giants receiver. Jordan Matthews has been slightly above average since he entered the league, but it is unknown whether he can play the outside receiver position. The only other wide receiver that could potentially be an impact player is Nelson Agholor. Agholor did not have a good rookie year, and is looking to prove he was worthy of being selected in the first round. Donovan McNabb played well with not many good receivers, but Carson Wentz may not be able to replicate McNabb’s success with mediocre receivers.
6. Jared Goff’s Golden Bears Struggled
The California Golden Bears had a record of 8-5 led by Jared Goff in his final season of college football. That was Goff’s best combined team record of his college career as the starting quarterback. During the 2014 college football season the Golden Bears struggled, and only managed to win five games. Having such a poor record in college football normally does not translate well coming into the NFL. Jimmy Clausen also had a poor record while playing at Notre Dame, and when he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers he did not play up to the projected expectations given to him by many experts.
5. Wentz Did Not Play That Much at the FCS Level
Carson Wentz was not the starting quarterback for North Dakota State Bison until the 2014 college football season. He played all 16 games for the Bison in 2014, leading his team to a national championship. The 2015 season was an injury riddled season for Carson Wentz. During 2015, Wentz only started seven games due to a bum wrist, and it was thought that his draft stock would be hurt due to not playing much his senior season. Not many envisioned that Wentz’s draft stock would shockingly sky rocket, and he would be selected with the number 2 overall pick in the draft.
4. Goff Has No Veteran QB to Mentor Him
The Los Angeles Rams were smart in drafting quarterback Jared Goff, and they had quite the debacle at the position during the 2015 NFL season. After trading for Nick Foles the Rams thought they had found their franchise quarterback for years to come. He was extremely sub par and was benched during the season for Case Keenum. Case Keenum did not play exceptionally well either which amounted to the Rams drafting Goff. None of the quarterbacks on the Rams roster have had much success in the league, and this could lead to Jared Goff struggling to find his way early on, unless the Rams bring in a veteran quarterback to mentor Goff.
3. Wentz is Going Into a Dysfunctional Situation
The quarterback situation in Philadelphia seemed stable once the Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford to a two year contract. Many were surprised when they signed Chase Daniel to a deal that pays him $7 million a year, making him one of the highest paid backups in the NFL. When the Eagles aggressively traded up for the no.2 pick in the draft, it was clear what the Eagles’ plan was for the future at the quarterback position. Sam Bradford wants to be a long term solution at quarterback, and not just a place holder for Carson Wentz. Bradford has now demanded a trade, and this dysfunctional quarterback situation may not be the best place for a young quarterback to improve his game in.
2. Goff Has to Play the Cardinals and Seahawks Twice a Year
Two of the best defenses in the NFL reside in the NFC West division. The Seattle Seahawks have been to two of the last three Super Bowls thanks in large part to a beastly defense led by studs like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. The Arizona Cardinals have also emerged as one of the top defenses in football. Their defense was so dominant that they made the 2014 NFL playoffs despite their starting quarterback Carson Palmer being out for a large chunk of the season. Jared Goff will be tested early by defenses within his own division. If Goff can play well against the Cardinals and Seahawks, he will be worthy of being selected number one overall in the draft.
1. Wentz May Not be Ready to Play Right Away
Many have assumed that Carson Wentz will sit out his first year as a pro. The Eagles would like to move forward with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback for the 2016 NFL season, but if Sam Bradford is traded they will have to turn to their plan B. No one exactly knows what plan B is, but some have presumed that Chase Daniel would take on the role of starting quarterback if Bradford is traded. Carson Wentz did not play at the FBS level in college. Some think that the jump from FCS starter to NFL starter is too high of a jump, and especially too high of a jump at the quarterback position.
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