2016 NFL Draft: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

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#16 QB Jared Goff* (6’4 | 210 | 4.76) 

His 72 TDs over the last two seasons are pretty impressive, but his team’s spread offense makes it difficult to translate his numbers to the next level. Despite his inflated numbers, Goff has still shown plenty of impressive NFL traits.

Goff has close to ideal NFL size, enough arm to make all the throws, above average touch on his mid-to-deep throws, good anticipation on slant and crossing routes, and has come through in the clutch on multiple occasions the last two years. He’s also a decent athlete with the ability to scramble when needed. Goff’s sneaky athleticism actually reminds me a bit of Jay Cutler’s little used wheels.

His O-line broke down more often this season and Goff did a pretty good job handling it, showing the ability to sidestep pressure in the pocket and throw accurately on the move. When given time Goff throws a precise ball to all levels of the field and has potential to be an elite QB at the next level if he ends up in the right system.

Projection: Top 10

#4 WR Kenny Lawler* (6’3 | 195 | 4.54) 

Only started five games in 2015 but still led the Bears in catches (54) and TDs (10). His stats were almost exactly the same in 2014 but with a few less caches and one more TD (11). He’s been the Bears big-play receiver the last two seasons and has made some ridiculous catches. Lawler has the height, speed, and excellent hands to be a weapon at the next level, but his thin frame has kept him out of lineup too often with injuries.

Lawler is Goff’s most dangerous weapon and when healthy is hard to stop. He has the talent to get open against NFL corners, so could have a big day against Air Force. Lawler could be too fragile to hold up over the long haul of an NFL season but should be a valuable weapon as a 3rd/4th receiver and have a few big play TDs per year.

Projection: 3rd round 

* = underclassmen

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