These are players who are being discussed as possible first-round selections. Some of them are still first-round talent, but are graded higher than they should be by some scouts. Some are getting labeled as future elite players in the NFL that are not going to reach that potential. Let’s dive in!
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
I’m just not buying all the hype about him being a potential franchise quarterback. He needs a good coach and the right scheme fit to achieve this goal. Carson Wentz ”checks all the boxes” for a future above average quarterback in the league. Having not played the same caliber of talent that other quarterbacks in this draft have , he does look pretty good on tape. I’m not sold that his overall talent is better than Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch. He needs to work on his throws down the field, throwing on the run, and learning the nuances of NFL-type play. He presents himself well, which is why the hype on him is gaining so much ground. He was praised for his “pro day” which I found to be over the top. He threw in a dome to his receivers on a specific schedule. Big whoop. You know who else they said had a “A-plus” pro day? Sam Bradford.
My NFL comparison is Sam Bradford for a reason. He has all the tools and comes with all the hype. As with Sam Bradford over the years, the flashes will be there that will continue to spark interest from NFL teams hoping to finally unlock the potential that seems to be difficult to uncover. Maybe Doug Pederson can do it in Philadelphia, which makes me think that Carson Wentz needs to be in a great situation. Pederson will make Bradford more of a game manager (Alex Smith in Kansas City) and allow the offense to function around him, not through him. Wentz needs to end up with an offensive guru and quarterback whisperer like Hue Jackson, Andy Reid, or Pederson to have any chance at being a quality starter in the NFL.
Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Speed only gets you so far in the NFL. Everybody is fast at that level and you need more than that to be a great wide receiver. The problem with Fuller is he has the straight line speed to be a vertical threat, but his inconsistent hands make it difficult to truly view him as a true threat. He reminds me of a few players who tested well with speed, but didn’t have the rest of the skills needed to make it as a quality wide receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bey and Ted Ginn Jr.
My NFL comparison is John Brown. He is a third receiver and big play threat for Arizona due to the Cardinals having bigger outside receivers along the sidelines. He is a decent receiver because of the system Bruce Arians runs in Arizona. He likes to go deep and forces the defense be prepared at all times for the deep ball. Fuller will need to go to a team where he can be that type of player and not have to be a consistent threat catching the ball. If people expect him to be a smaller every-down receiver like Emmanuel Sanders, Brandin Cooks or Jarvis Landry, they will be disappointed.