Super Bowl 50 ended with the Denver Broncos being crowned champions Sunday. Super Bowl 50 MVP linebacker Von Miller was drafted 2nd in the 2011 NFL Draft behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Now that the Super Bowl is over, the NFL offseason has officially begun, with the 2016 NFL Draft coming up in the next two months. Some teams are rebuilding while other teams are looking to improve their rosters. Teams will be trying to select franchise players that they can build their franchises around and ultimately catapult them to a Super Bowl title. Analysts and draft experts have been keeping their eyes on three top quarterbacks and wide receivers throughout the college football season and the Senior Bowl that can be on the right track of turning any franchise around.
Today we look at the top three QBs and WRs in the Draft.
Top 3 Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Wentz may have flown under the radar during the college football season. Now, he has soared to the #1 quarterback NFL prospect after an amazing Senior Bowl. He has a big, strong arm, great field vision, very good ball placement and he also displays great athleticism. Wentz also has tremendous mobility and great pocket presence. Wentz could be a Top 3 pick in this year’s NFL draft.
Jarred Golf, QB, California
Golf had a tremendous 2015 season for California. He completed 64 percent of his passes, and had 4,719 yards, 43 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. But, Golf put up most of those numbers against weak competition, and struggled against the likes of USC, Utah and UCLA. Golf still has great pocket presence, great field vision and can avoid pass rushers. But, he has issues with throwing under pressure. Some scouts feel that he is being overhyped and that he would need a lot of work to be an elite NFL quarterback.
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Paxton Lynch had a great 2015 season for the Tigers. Lynch completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,778 yards, 28 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has the athleticism that can make plays with his feet, and an arm that can make throws in the NFL. But, Lynch needs to improve on field vision and foot work. He has to improve on throwing more accurate passes as well as work through his progressions. If he improves in those areas, he has the makings of a great QB in the NFL.
Top 3 Wide Receivers
Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Thomas had a pretty solid year for the Buckeyes. He had 56 receptions, 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He has an impressive combo of speed and size. He can challenge defenses vertically and moves the chains on 3rd downs. Some scouts feel that he can be the most well-rounded prospect at wide receiver. Most feel that Thomas is a late first-round pick while others feel that he’s an early second-round pick.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Treadwell had a real good 2015 season for Ole Miss. He had 82 receptions, for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Most draft experts feel that Treadwell will be more of a possession receiver instead of a first receiver or second receiver. He doesn’t have the speed to break away from opposing cornerbacks. But, he is good with yards after the catch and catch contested passes. He is most likely to be a late first-round pick or there’s a chance he can be an early second-round pick.
Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Fuller was the big playmaker for the Fighting Irish. And, he is also the most lethal receiver prospect in this upcoming draft. He 62 catches, 1,258 yards and 13 touchdowns. He can go vertical, get separation and spread defenses out downfield. Fuller may fly under the radar as a first-round pick.