By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard
Now that bowl season has wound down and the NFL playoffs kick into high gear this weekend, this is about the time that college kids start making some dumb decisions. They exit school early for the NFL Draft. A lot are ready but many are not and when it comes to quarterbacks, two in particular (Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff) could use more time in the oven.
Paxton Lynch is a three year starter out of Memphis. He has the size, mobility and a decent arm but in no way is he going to be confused with John Elway. He looked great at times but he also struggled at times like in the bowl game against Auburn.
Where Lynch has slipped is in his accuracy and looking off his first read. While a lot of times in the Memphis offense it was take the snap and throw to your first read, Lynch didn’t have to look for anyone else. His completion percentage improved over the years but with a catch and throw style, that should improve.
Jared Goff is like Lynch. Three year starter, spread offense and has a very good arm. Goff like Lynch struggled at times. Goff’s are more obvious than Lynch’s in that Goff would throw interceptions against top defenses on the road.
In Goff’s ESPN Gameday, first big road test against Utah….he threw five interceptions. Against Oregon he completed less than 50% of his throws and in The Big Game against Stanford, it was a lot of underneath throws in Cal’s sixth straight loss to the Cardinal.
Look, Bucky Brooks, Todd McShay, David Benoit, Mike Mayock and others know a whole lot more about this than I do but I know what I see. What I see are two quarterbacks who may be faces of the franchise in two to three years but are not top 10 NFL picks right now. Yes their upside is tremendous but they could both use an extra year of seasoning. An NFL team would be better off trading down and grabbing North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Michigan State’s Connor Cook in the second round.
If they are forced to start right away for Cleveland OR San Francisco then they will struggle big time and it may be a struggle they don’t recover from. They both need to sit two years at least. It would only be one year if they stayed in school another year. One thing is certain now, they cannot go back to playing college football.