Why Small-Level QBs Are Big in the 2016 NFL Draft

The 2015 NFL Draft had some big-name quarterbacks like Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota appear as big picks. These were two quarterbacks from highly popular and influential college programs. They both have Heisman Trophies to their names as well. They were popular figures that influenced NFL sports betting odds when they were drafted based on their skills and talents.

The 2016 NFL Draft is a little different in that there aren’t many big names coming out to the draft in terms of quarterbacks. This does not mean that there are no talented figures to look forward to as there are more than enough appealing options for fans to watch for.

Smaller schools will prove to be very important in terms of who the best quarterbacks in the 2015 draft will be. NFL online sportsbook odds have stars like California’s Jared Goff, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz being popular choices to look forward to. All three could be potential top ten picks. Of course, Connor Cook from Michigan State and Christian Hackenberg from Penn State deserve to be considered as possible first round choices.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock stated recently that he feels that Wentz has the better potential but Goff has the best skillset among players at this precise moment. Of course, there are plenty of teams that desperately need quarterbacks who could consider either of them or Lynch. Meanwhile, analyst and former Texans and Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly says Goff is the best all-around player among all the quarterbacks available.

Casserly says that Goff is a quality pocket passer with a consistent arm. Mayock especially feels that Goff is talented but he likes the athletic nature of Wentz. Wentz, who led the Bison to their fifth straight FCS title recently even after being injured for part of the season, was heralded by Mayock as a quarterback that is similar to Andrew Luck in terms of his potential.

The Cleveland Browns draft second and will need to replace Johnny Manziel. One of these quarterbacks could be an appealing option for the Browns.

Many other teams could use a quarterback as well. The San Diego Chargers are picking third and need a good successor to Philip Rivers. The Dallas Cowboys pick right after the Bolts and might consider a replacement for Tony Romo. The San Francisco 49ers are seventh and could take a quarterback to resolve the issues the team has over whether Colin Kaepernick is really the quarterback of the future in Santa Clara.

Paxton Lynch might be likely to show up after Goff and Wentz in the draft. Of course, there are plenty of other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams that want to find new quarterbacks and are willing to do this in the draft. The chances that are around for Lynch and other quarterbacks outside of the big two to be drafted in the first round are certainly strong when all is considered based on the talents of these players and what they have to bring right now.

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