By Alex Marvez-Jones and John McClainPosted July 24, 2018 2:19PMThe Los Angeles Rams were a team on fire, even if the team was playing at a point when Carson Wentzy was the best player in the game.
They were the only team that could win the NFC West with a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally and a quarterback who was ranked the No. 1 overall quarterback.
The Rams had the best record in the NFL, but their only winning season came in 2011, when they went 11-5 and finished second in the NFC East.
After a 3-12 season in 2016, the Rams were loaded with talent but had to rely on their draft picks and a star running back, Todd Gurley.
Wentz was a big part of that turnaround, finishing with 9,976 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in 2018.
He went 13-2 in the regular season and led the NFL in passing touchdowns with 6,097.
He led the league with 679 yards rushing and led in rushing yards per game with 5.8.
In a league where passing yards per attempt are trending downward, Wentz was one of the most explosive passers in the league.
While Wentz’s stock has dropped in recent weeks, he is still a top-20 quarterback in the draft.
While the Rams will not be selecting Wentz, they will have to decide if they want to spend more than a second round pick on him.
The Rams have two top-15 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, which could be used to select Wentz or take a player like North Carolina State’s Sam Darnold, a 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Weddz is ranked as the No, 25 overall player on the 2018 PFF Draft Board.
He was named the second-best quarterback in America by Pro Football Focus in 2018, behind only Carson Wentzenberg, and the No 2 player in 2018 according to Pro Football Prospectus.
Wojnarowski reported that the Rams are likely to draft Wentz and are considering moving up to pick the No 20 pick.
The Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders also have the No 1 overall pick in the first round.
The other top-rated quarterback in 2018 was Marcus Mariota of the Arizona Cardinals, who went No. 5 to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Mariota was the No 6 quarterback in football, but it was his consistency that drew him to the NFL and led to his selection in the second round of the 2018 draft.
Mariota threw for 3,988 yards, 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his rookie season.
He ranked sixth in the NCAA in passing yards, fifth in passing efficiency and seventh in passing touchdown percentage.
Mariotos rookie season was also marred by a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
In 2018, Mariota led the nation in rushing touchdowns with 8.0 per game, with his ability to run through defenders was a major factor in his ability, but he struggled mightily in the pocket and struggled with accuracy.
He threw 13 interceptions in 2018 for a passer rating of 104.2.
In 2019, he completed 69.9 percent of his passes for a 4.1 completion percentage and 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions.
It’s clear Mariota is a quarterback that can excel in the pro game.
He also struggled with turnovers, as he was only 8-of-12 for 90 yards with two interceptions and seven sacks in the preseason.
But, Mariotas numbers in 2018 and 2019 are the reason he was selected in the No 30 overall pick.
He is still only 24 years old and should be able to develop into a Pro Bowler at the next level.
A top-5 quarterback in 2019 was Marcus Maye of Florida State, who was selected with the No 10 pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Maye had a breakout season for the Seminoles, throwing for 4,914 yards and 25 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.
He had a strong showing for the Jaguars, where he finished with 3,865 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2019.
In 2018, Maye threw for 2,569 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The 2018 season was marred with injuries to a lot of key players, but the 2018 Jaguars did make some moves to help them with the draft, drafting a running back in the sixth round and a receiver in the fourth round.
In 2020, Mayes first year with the Jacksonville Jags was a bust.
The team was 7-9 and Mayes production was spotty.
He finished with 696 yards rushing with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
His biggest struggles came when he had to scramble in the backfield, as well as his accuracy.
The Jaguars were a terrible team in the run game, but they were also a bad team in passing.
In 2020, he finished fifth in the nation with 8