There’s been plenty of news lately regarding a pair of talented quarterbacks that were coincidentally drafted the same year.
He was the first overall selection in April’s NFL draft nearly six years ago. Now quarterback Jared Goff, who made an appearance in Super Bowl LIII as the starting quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams, will officially become a member of the Detroit Lions in March.
He was the second overall pick in that same draft in 2016. And now Carson Wentz, who played a pivotal part in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 championship season, will be part of the Indianapolis Colts’ franchise in roughly a month.
You will recall that neither the Rams nor Eagles originally owned the first and second picks, respectively, that year. The Rams dealt with the Tennessee Titans and the Birds with the Cleveland Browns. Nonetheless, both players have now moved on or more specifically, been moved out.
A closer look at that 2016 NFL Draft and there aren’t a lot of players remaining with the franchises that selected them. Many did not have their fifth-year option picked up. A few will test free agency this year.
Just take a look at the Top 10 picks that year alone. Only defensive end Joey Bosa (Chargers), running back Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), and tackle Ronnie Stanley (Ravens) are with their original clubs.
Player Drafted By Now With
- QB Jared Goff Rams Lions*
- QB Carson Wentz Eagles. Colts*
- DE Joey Bosa Chargers Chargers
- RB Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys Cowboys
- CB Jalen Ramsey Jaguars Rams
- T Ronnie Stanley Ravens Ravens
- DE DeForest Buckner 49ers Colts
- T Jack Conklin Titans Browns
- LB Leonard Floyd Bears Rams (UFA)
- CB Eli Apple Giants None
*Trade becomes official on March 17
Ramsey was part of a blockbuster deal and sent to Los Angeles in 2019. Last offseason, Buckner was traded to the Colts and general manager Chris Ballard sent a first-round pick to San Francisco and wound up with a player that earned All-Pro honors this past season.
Neither Tennessee nor Chicago picked up the fifth-year options on Conklin and Lloyd, respectively. The former inked a three-year, $42 million deal with the Browns. Floyd signed a one-year deal with the Rams and came up with a career-high 1.5 sacks.
Apple was dealt to the Saints in 2019 but New Orleans did not pick up his fifth-year option in 2020. He signed with Carolina and played in only two games this past season.
The recent deals involving Goff and Wentz have put a spotlight on the 2016 NFL Draft and not a favorable one. But perhaps both young quarterbacks will find new life with these new opportunities.