Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff, viewed by most observers as the top two quarterbacks potentially available this spring, are both expected to announce their intent to enter the 2016 draft today, according to reports.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Lynch will announce at a press conference this morning that he’s forgoing the remainder of his college eligibility to enter the draft, while Joe Schad of ESPN.com tweets that a similar announcement is coming from Goff. According to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk, Goff will declare his intent at a 10:00am PT press conference.
Lynch, the 6’7″ signal-caller for the Memphis Tigers, completed 66.8% of his passes this year, compiling 3,778 yards and 28 touchdowns through the air, with just four interceptions. While there are many scouts and player evaluators that view Lynch as the better prospect than Goff, not everyone is convinced he’s NFL-ready, as Bucky Brooks of NFL.com writes.
Goff, meanwhile, racked up 4,714 passing yards and 43 passing touchdowns for Cal in his junior year. He also tossed 13 interceptions, and some questions arose about his mechanics, but he’s viewed as player who will come off the board early in the first round.
In his first mock draft of the year, ESPN’s Todd McShay had Lynch coming off the board at No. 2, with Goff being selected with the No. 5 overall pick.