Trent Dilfer: First two NFL draft picks will be quarterbacks
ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer believes the first two picks in the 2016 NFL draft will be quarterbacks.
Dilfer made the comments on SI's Audibles podcast in an interview with Andrew Perloff and Don Banks.
The Titans, who drafted Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick last season, hold the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, but Dilfer thinks there are multiple teams willing to trade up for the right to choose Cal quarterback Jared Goff or North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the top pick. The Browns are slated to pick No. 2.
“I'll be shocked if I'm not right. I think they're going to go one–two,” Dilfer said. “I think there are two to four teams outside the top five that are willing to trade up to take Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. And Cleveland is obviously going to take whichever quarterback is left over at two.”
Listen to Dilfer’s full interview below.
Dilfer also praised Goff and Wentz, saying that both quarterbacks should be able to make a smooth transition to the NFL.
“I think they're the only two that are ready to play right now. And I really only think Jared Goff is the truly only one that can play next year,” Dilfer said. “Carson has the mind for it and the body for it. He still has to develop as a passer—especially against really good competition.
“I think Carson is going to be a good pro. It's just going to take a little longer.”
The NFL draft will take place April 28–30 in Chicago.