No. 6 – Jared Goff, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams, 2016 NFL Draft
The 2016 NFL Draft was packed with talent beginning with Jared Goff at the top and including Carson Wentz, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott to name a few. To get the first pick in the draft to take Goff, the Rams paid a high price, but with a Super Bowl LIII appearance, it seems to have paid off.
Goff stumbled early in his career but quickly rebounded in year two for the first of back-to-back Pro Bowl selections. Although this past season saw a step back to a 9-7 season, Goff was just 50 yards shy of his 2018 mark, but the difference came when he threw 10 fewer touchdowns in 2019, despite tying Jameis Winston for the league lead in passing attempts with 626.
Even with a Super Bowl appearance and two Pro Bowls, Goff and Wentz are still neck-and-neck for a better career. Although he wasn’t under center for the game, Wentz does have a Super Bowl ring.
The other knock on the Goff pick is that the season before the Rams had Case Keenum and Nick Foles rostered, both of whom have had success since leaving the team. Had one of them been given a more clear chance, the Rams might not have needed to fork over the price they paid to pick Goff. Regardless, Goff has had success, which keeps him at this spot on the chart.