NFL Draft 2016: Goff/Wentz as good as Winston/Mariota

The 2016 NFL Draft quarterback conversation has centered around two players; Jared Goff of Cal and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. After the top two, there is a bit of a fall off, leaving draft analysts to proclaim this year’s quarterback class as “weak.”

However, that may not be the case.

According to Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, Goff and Wentz, the top two rated signal-callers, are just as good as the top two from a year ago, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota who went No. 1 and No. 2 overall.

“The statement I’m going to make to you guys, and you can tell me whether you agree or not, is I’m at the point now with both Wentz and Goff where I think they’re every bit as good, if not better, than Winston and Mariota from a year ago as prospects,” Mayock said.

That’s a very strong statement from Mayock, who is one of the most respected draft experts in the game.

Mayock’s colleague, Daniel Jeremiah, responded to the remarks.

While Jeremiah seems to believe Goff and Wentz are top talents in the 2016 NFL Draft class, he does believe that comparing them to Winston and Mariota may be a bit of a stretch.

“That’s strong. I have a little bit lower grade (on Wentz and Goff), Mike,” Jeremiah said. “(Winston and Mariota) ended up going 1-2 (overall) and I think when it’s all said and done, I think (Goff and Wentz) end up going there in the top seven (picks). I would say that, ceiling-wise, for (Winston and Mariota), I’d put them at a little bit higher ceiling.”

It will be interesting to see how everything plays out with the quarterback position in April, but it seems like a certainty that Goff and Wentz will be the top selections at their position.

After they are both off the board, it will be anyone’s guess.

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