Thu. Jun 20th, 2019

Where Are They Now? The 2016 NFL Draft Class

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The Los Angeles Rams took Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Some liked the pick while others weren’t as happy. While Rams fans have a microscope on Goff, here is a look at what some of the other rookie are doing now that the preseason is over. 

 

Carson Wentz

 

Many Rams fans wanted Carson Wentz over Jared Goff which was very understandable. What has the number two overall pick been up to since being drafted by the Eagles? 

 

Wentz got hurt in his very first preseason game and those were the only snaps that he got. The North Dakota State quarterback was going to start the season as the third string quarterback, but with the trade of Sam Bradford, he will start as the backup. If things go well, Wentz could start after Philadelphia’s week four bye.

 

Paxton Lynch

 

Had the Rams stayed put and not moved up, Lynch was a popular choice to be the Rams’ quarterback of the future with his size and skill set. Like Goff, he will start the year as the third string quarterback but will have the ability to move into the starting role as the season progresses.

 

Lynch finished the preseason 40/68 with 458 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. His 458 yards ranked 6th among quarterbacks in the preseason. The Denver quarterback has impressed, but still has a lot to learn to make the jump to the NFL. The biggest issue being grasping the playbook. 

 

Laquon Treadwell

 

Probably the most popular player mocked to the Rams was Treadwell. The receiver had the hopes of many that he would be the number one receiver if brought to LA. 

 

However, that hasn’t been the case. After starting strong with four catches in the first preseason game, Treadwell failed to have a catch in game two, and in the third game he had two big drops. He has been no better than Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, or Adam Thielen all who are ahead of him. 

 

Corey Coleman

 

Coleman will start the year as a punt returner, but his time as a receiver has been shaky at best. He missed the two preseason games and in the last preseason game, coach Hue Jackson has to call a timeout and take Coleman out of the game because he didnt know his assignment. 

 

The Baylor receiver had a drop and caught just one of six targets for 10 yards in the preseason. 

 

Ryan Kelly

 

Kelly will immediately start for the Colts who drafted him 18th overall. There’s been some growing pains in terms of vocabulary and growing a chemistry with Luck, but overall, it looks like the Colts got a solid center and piece to their offensive line.

 

Michael Thomas

 

The Rams did draft a Mike Thomas, but it wasn’t the one from Ohio State who was picked up by the New Orleans Saints. The receiver lit it up in camp, but had a slow preseason. Thomas is going to contribute early and often for the Saints and with Drew Brees as your QB your going to get plenty of looks. 

 

This draft class hasn’t started that strong. Theres been some bright moments, but there have been the expected growing pains. Goff hasn’t been good, but take away the 9-12 drops that he had in the preseason and his completion percentage goes up from 45% to around 60%. Only time will tell how these rookies will turn out.

 

 


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