Latest On Rams’ Decision At No. 1

The Rams are leaning towards taking Cal quarterback Jared Goff with their newly-acquired No. 1 pick, according to a team source who spoke with Adam Schefter of However, he hears the Rams will still consider North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz between now and the draft at the end of the month. Rams Draft No. 1 Pick (Square)

Meanwhile, John Clayton of (on Twitter) believes that the Rams will select Wentz. On top of that, a Rams source tells Benjamin Allbright of 1340 AM Denver (on Twitter) that Wentz will be the pick and the decision was “made awhile ago.”

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Schefter’s source added that one reason the Rams made their deal with the Titans so far in advance of the draft was to give the team “two weeks to debate between Goff and Wentz. You can make a convincing case for both. Both are going to be good.” At the very least, it does sound as though Wentz is in the picture for the top pick.

So, what do we make of these conflicting reports? It’s possible that there are misinformed team sources, but it’s also possible that the Rams are intentionally throwing out a smokescreen to keep an air of mystery around them heading into the draft. With the Eagles and other teams interested in landing one of the two QBs, it seems quite possible that there will be a trade at No. 2.

Before agreeing to send their top pick to the Rams, the Titans spoke to the Eagles about a similar deal, but Philadelphia withdrew its offer a few days ago. Philly could still explore a similar deal to acquire the No. 2 pick in the draft which would allow them to take whichever top quarterback isn’t selected by the Rams. The Browns, of course, could also stay put and draft one of the QBs.

The Rams got the top pick that they coveted, but it did not come cheap. To get the No. 1 pick, Los Angeles shipped the 15th overall pick this year, two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 45), and a third-round pick (No. 76) plus the Rams’ 2017 first-round and third-round choices in 2017. The Rams also received a fourth-round pick (No. 113) and sixth-round pick (No. 177) from Tennessee.

As of this writing, the Rams have quarterbacks Case Keenum, Nick Foles, and Sean Mannion on the roster. While coach Jeff Fisher has indicated that Keenum is the favorite to start in 2016, the Rams are looking for a stronger long-term option under center.

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  1. sportsjunkie24

    Shouldn’t it be the Rams will select Wentz not Titans in 2nd paragraph

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      • bigz51

        Browns I think

  2. So Nick Foles to the Broncos for a 6th?

  3. If the rams want to maybe mess up the 49ers they trade Foles to the Broncos for peanuts.

  4. “Defense us good enough” Didn’t they lose 4 or 5 key starters in FA?

    • Lost Trevathan and Malik Jackson. That’s it.

      • Did the Broncos trade for the #1 overall pick? Fisher said their team was fine on Defense and they lost Jenkins Mcleod Laurinaitis Fairly and Long.

    • CoBanks

      We got rid of 2 that were old and injured.. Jenkins and McLeod replacements are already on the team and proven

      • Pro Football Focus rankings: 2015 = Jenkins – 11th ranked corner last year… his replacement Sensabaugh – 86th. McLeod – 8th ranked safety, his replacement… Cody Davis is pretty much an unknown quantity at this point having never started a game. So you’re good with that?

      • If I were you, I’d rather have Karl Joseph, Keanu Neal, or Darian Thompson at FS and Mackensie Alexander, Kendall Fuller, or Artie Burns at CB.

  5. Sam Robinson

    If it does end up being Wentz, it will be hard to imagine a stranger No. 1 overall pick than a tools-heavy player who did not play much in a senior season at an FCS school in one of the most anonymous states in the nation. Almost rooting for this just for the fact that the new LA franchise will suddenly be touting a North Dakota State talent as its star attraction. Would be a fun wrinkle in this saga.

  6. CoBanks

    After I seen that we traded up to #1 (of course I was pissed) I went to YouTube and watched EVERY throw botge QBs have made over the last 2 seasons.. I gotta say Wentz is the better of the 2.. Way more accurate down field, mobile, bigger/stronger( very Big Ben like), coming from a pro style offense, already called his own checks and protection.

  7. Always go for the kid out of Cal over the kid on the team that plays in a weak conference. See the 2005 draft. For FCS Qbs just look at Flacco’s passing stats he’s been carried his whole career by a defense and running game. When top tier qbs are easily throwing for 5,000+ yards he can’t even through for 4,000 yards. His TD/INT ratio has been pretty sad in most years. A good comparison to Flacco in terms of performance is actually Cutler and I know how much Bear’s fans and Bronco’s fans loved him.

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