NFL Draft: Players selected in the first round

The players selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night in Chicago:

1, Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee)

Jared Goff, QB, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, California

Notable: Set Pac-12 records with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season. First Cal player to go No. 1 overall since 1975 (Steve Bartkowski).

Strengths: Quick release and maintains solid accuracy whether throwing short, intermediate or deep. Will stand and deliver in the face of pressure and moves well within the pocket.

Weaknesses: Toughness is admirable, but he takes too many hits. He fumbled 24 times in three seasons. Some of that is poor recognition of when to get rid of the ball. Played almost exclusively from the shotgun.

2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland)

Carson Wentz, QB, 6-5, 237, North Dakota State.

Notable: Led the Bison to FCS national championship in his only two seasons as a starter. First FCS quarterback to be drafted in first round since Joe Flacco of Delaware (2008), though Flacco was a transfer from Pittsburgh. Before that Steve McNair from Alcorn State went No. 3 in 1995.

Strengths: Ideal size, strong arm and above average athleticism. Physically, he is everything an NFL team wants a quarterback to be. Played under center a lot in NDSU’s offense.

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