Made by the Draft, Broken by the System: The Growing Generation of Lost QBs

May 17, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL teams are paying kings' ransoms for young quarterbacks, and why not? In today's NFL, a good young signal-caller can secure the future of a team—and a general manager—for a decade.
The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles gave up breathtaking draft-pick value for the rights to draft Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, respectively. Yet there was more discussion about whether Ezekiel Elliott was worth drafting No. 4 overall than whether Goff was worth two first-, second- and third-round picks.
It's understood: If Goff becomes a Pro Bowl quarterback, he's worth all that and more.
But what if he doesn't? This is the second time in seven drafts the Rams have taken a quarterback No. 1 overall. In between, they traded out of a No. 2 overall pick so a different team could, yes, draft a quarterback. If Goff fails, the Rams will have wasted a decade riding the quarterback merry-go-round.
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