The Rams said this week that they won’t be letting the player they surrendered several draft picks to draft know that they are drafting him until Thursday night, which fits with reports that the league has asked the Rams to keep their pick secret in order to enhance suspense (and ratings) for the start of the draft.
It seems the Eagles may be operating under the same procedure. The presumption around the league is that the Rams will take Jared Goff and the Eagles will select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, but Wentz said on Wednesday that he has not heard from the Eagles at all since they made a deal with the Browns to leap up the draft order.
Wentz was keeping things coy, but there didn’t seem to be too many people buying it since the questions he fielded at a pre-draft event in Chicago were about the Eagles coaching staff, Philly fans and Sam Bradford’s trade request. Wentz passed on commenting on the latter issue, but did say he wouldn’t be put off if coaches determine he should serve as a backup during his rookie season.
“As a competitor, you want to get on the field as soon as you can,” Wentz said, via NJ.com. “But you want to do best for your team, your career and everything. That’s not up me to decide. I’m just going there to compete, do the best I can, earn the respect of my teammates and everything. The coaches will decide when I’m ready.”
In a little more than 24 hours, the games will stop and we’ll know for sure which coaches will be making those decisions.