Desperation to find a starting quarterback appears to be fueling trade talks at the top of the NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Rams pulled off a massive trade last week with the Tennessee Titans to move up to No. 1 and get the quarterback of their choice in next week’s draft. Whether the Rams prefer Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz is still uncertain, but whichever quarterback isn’t selected by the Rams could prompt further pick swapping at the top of the draft.
The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 2 overall pick and don’t seem to be in love with the idea of staying there. They’re reportedly shopping the pick and may not take a quarterback even if they don’t move down.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the San Diego Chargers have been receiving calls about the No. 3 overall pick as well. If Goff or Wentz are still available when the Chargers go on the clock, it’s easy to envision the phones ringing from teams hoping to get their hands on a quarterback prospect to lead their team.
It’s unlikely a team looking for a quarterback would pull the trigger on a deal with San Diego until they know for certain that the guy they want is still on the board.
It’s extremely difficult to win in the NFL without a great quarterback. Whether Goff or Wentz can become great NFL quarterbacks remains unknown as well, but teams may be more willing to push their chips in with rookies than running through another season with a middling veteran stop-gap once again.