A few days ago, I wrote about how neither of the top two quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft, Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, were franchise-caliber players, capable of transforming a franchise and leading it to multiple Super Bowls. In fact, most of the top scouting and ranking authorities ranked neither player among the top ten available in the draft that began this evening, eastern time. Well, public relations, team needs, and marketing led the new Los Angeles Rams and the moribund Philadelphia Eagles to make one-sided, misguided trades, to move up to the number one and number two draft positions in the first round, and lo and behold, the Rams selected Goff number one, followed by the Eagles selection of Wentz at number two.
This is a major gamble for both teams, especially for the Rams, who as I wrote, have given away the franchise in order to move up, and if Goff does not become a miracle worker,
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|they will be paying for their error for years to come, and they will have totally blown into shreds their good will and currently blind fan base that sees the team as able to do no wrong. Instead, they have done no right, and have, as time will show, failed miserably.
Oh, the team might become a good team in a couple of years, and Goff may be a longtime NFL starting quarterback, but a number one overall pick, worth all the Rams gave up for
Gabriel, the second overall pick in the 1962 NFL draft, played 16 NFL seasons, the first 11 for the old Los Angeles Rams. Over a streak of nine consecutive seasons, he started all but five games. He led the Rams to two, count them, two, playoff appearances, in 1967 and 1969, losing the first to Green Bay by a score of 28-7, and the second 23-20 to the Vikings. Yep, over a 16 year career, Gabriel never won a single playoff game.
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