Here’s what’s going to happen.
The Rams will take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the first pick, and the Eagles will take Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the second pick.
Here’s why. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has a defensive background as both a player and a coach, and he currently has a very good Rams defense. On offense, he has Todd Gurley, one of the best running backs in the NFL. Gurley should be even better than last season when he was a rookie coming off a torn ACL.
Fisher knows he can run the ball on offense and win with great defense, just as he did in Tennessee. That’s his formula. Defense is primary, the running game is secondary and the passing game works off of the running game.
Fisher doesn’t want to pass a lot, which is what Jared Goff does. Goff is a pass-a-holic, and he’ll need good receivers to succeed in the NFL. The Rams don’t have good receivers. They don’t invest heavily in that position. They’re a run-first team.
Fisher wants his quarterback to be an extension of the running game, like Steve McNair. Wentz can be that kind of quarterback, plus he has more talent than McNair ever had.
Wentz is a perfect fit for the Rams.
Goff is a much better fit for the Eagles. Remember, their head coach, Doug Pederson, was Brett Favre’s backup and confidante in Green Bay for seven seasons. They hunt and play golf together.
Pederson’s offense will be a combination of the old Packers offense and the Andy-Reid offense Pederson learned the past few seasons. A pass-first, bombs-away offense.
Wentz can’t run that kind of system. Pederson needs Goff to make it work. I don’t believe the Eagles would have traded up for the second pick unless they were absolutely sure the Rams will take Wentz.