NFL Network’s Mike Mayock gave his thoughts on the top quarterbacks as the NFL Combine kicked off in Indianapolis on Tuesday and he thinks both California’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz are legitimate targets for the Browns with the second pick.
“Well, I mean, real quickly, obviously the Goff and Wentz thing has heated up, and from my perspective it's two different conversations,” Mayock said in a conference call. “I think Goff is more polished, ready to go today. I think Wentz has more significant upside.”
Mayock is very high on Wentz and even compared him to Andrew Luck.
“Yeah, the way I look at Wentz is the first tape I put in, I went, ‘Wow’, and I didn't even know who he was,” he said. “He was just a quarterback on my list. No clue. And I watched I think it was Northern Iowa, and I watched this big kid swing the ball around the lot, and then on top of it, was athletic enough where they planned quarterback runs for him. So you do some homework and you find out he's 6'5", 235, and I put the second tape in hoping it would be as good as the first, and it was better.
“So you start doing homework on the kids, and yeah, he's only got 23 starts,” he continued.”He's 20-3 as a starter but he comes out of a great program in Division I-AA, five consecutive National Championships. When I look at him, I see a kid that's as athletic or more athletic than Andrew Luck. He's bigger than Andrew Luck. He's got arm strength comparable to Andrew Luck. He just doesn't have the experience that Andrew Luck has at a high level that Andrew has coming out of college.
“So I see a ceiling for this kid similar to Andrew Luck,” he said. “That's why I believe in this kid so much. But it's going to take a little bit of time. His character apparently is off the charts. That's what I was told by everybody surrounding the Senior Bowl that had any dealings with him. Smart, tough, loves the game.”
Mayock said Goff is more NFL ready.
“Regarding Goff, polished, great in the pocket, finds lanes to throw, really good arm,” Mayock said. “Not elite, but a really good arm, very accurate with a quick release. Most ready to play quarterback in the draft today. If you're Cleveland, I think you've got to make some decisions about how you want to go about it, and from -- I don't know Goff yet. I haven't met him yet. I've been told he's very lean, needs to put some weight on, nowhere near as big as Carson Wentz, but 6'3" to 6'4", 210 pounds, and I think you just have to make a decision if you're the Browns as to which direction you want to go in, which kid do you believe in more.”
The third quarterback that has been talked about as a top quarterback prospect is Paxton Lynch, but Mayock feels he is behind Wentz and Goff.
“The next guy up is Paxton Lynch and you'd better do your homework on him,” he said. “He's 6'7", reminds me of Joe Flacco coming out of Delaware. He's a great athlete for 6'7". He'll surprise you with his athletic ability. He's got a big arm, but he's a year or two away from playing.”
Mayock was asked if he thought Lynch was worthy of a top 10 pick.
“If you think Paxton Lynch is a franchise quarterback, you'd better go get him because there aren't many of those guys out there.”