NFL Scouts Offer Savage Assessments of This Year’s Top Prospects
The 2016 NFL Draft is just two days away, and unlike the last two drafts—which have already produced 18 Pro Bowlers—this year there are no obvious superstar prospects.
That’s okay, though. While it’s fun to have a draft class full of potential superstars, it’s even more fun to have a draft class full of incomplete players. Because that means we get to read some pretty savage reports from NFL scouts.
Let’s take a look at what they’re saying about some of the top prospects, shall we?
1. Jared Goff, QB, Cal
The Rams like Cal QB Jared Goff so much that they gave all their top picks for the next few years to the Titans for the no. 1 overall pick. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that he’s feeble little man.
“Extremely accurate. Amazing feet and pocket presence. Very similar to Brady that way. Can make all the throws,” said one scout. “But he has such a slight build.”
“He might be the most ready,” said another, “but I’d be nervous taking him before 10. Thing I don’t like is his slender build.”
“I just don’t see him having that winner quality about him,” said yet another before really throwing down. “He gets rattled by pressure. Everything has kind of got to be under control for him. He couldn’t win there and you want him to be the face of your franchise?”
2. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
A lot of people really love Carson Wentz, who will likely to go Philly with the no. 2 overall pick. But scouts aren’t crazy about his pedigree.
“He gets away with things in that league (Missouri Valley) that he wouldn’t get away with in the SEC,” said one scout. “He tries to throw in tight windows. Even in the (FCS) title game he threw two picks. The guy he reminds me of is Bortles. Everybody was so excited about Bortles because of the height and the athletic ability, and this guy has the same thing. At least Bortles played against big-time competition. At this point I just don’t see where he’s that accurate of a passer.”
Way to throw Blake Bortles under the bus there, bud!
3. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Scouts regard Paxton Lynch as a tremendous athlete. But the biggest knock on him—aside from the fact that he looks like the old Backstreet Boy—is that he’s apparently dumb as a rock.
“You might hit the home run with Lynch,” said one scout, “but because of the mental you might strike out. He has the best arm. It ain’t even close. That big, tall son of a gun can run, too. He’s a little spacy, a little different.”
“The overall maturity level and disposition, I’d be a bit concerned,” said another scout. “Big kid, strong arm. But he’s a ways away mentally.”
Lycch scored an 18 out of 50(!) on the Wonderlic intelligence test. Yikes.
Finally, though he’s not considered to be a top three prospect, we can’t ignore what the scouts had to say about Cardale Jones.
While one scout declared “you can’t pass a talent like that,” another actually called him—are you ready for this?—”a poor man’s JaMarcus Russell.”
Just let that soak in.
“At least JaMarcus had some touch,” that scout said. “[Cardale] just throws the ball. His mechanics are all over the place.”
But wait, it gets worse!
“Strong arm. Big, big body,” opined one scout. “Not the brightest cookie in the world. I worry about him when he gets money in his pocket. I just don’t know if it’s all there mentally.”
So in a nutshell, the top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft are all disasters. Sounds great. Can’t wait to watch!
Hat Tip – [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]