Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch Invited to 2016 Jon Gruden QB Camp

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 2, 2016

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ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is welcoming all of the top 2016 NFL draft quarterback prospects onto his TV show, Gruden's QB Camp.

Likely first-round picks Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch headline the crop of seven signal-callers Gruden will put through the wringer in the classroom and on the field with intense drills, per ESPNfrontrow.com's Bill Hofheimer (via ESPN Monday Night):

Gruden's show debuts this year on April 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be broadcast across multiple affiliate networks leading up to the draft on April 28.

Hofheimer's news release also featured comments from Gruden on all seven quarterbacks he'll host on his show.

Gruden said of Goff, who closed his career at California with 19 touchdowns and one interception in his final four games, "He's a 21-year-old talent—a tough, productive quarterback. I love this kid. He's helped turn a program around. He runs an uptempo, no huddle offense. They ask a lot of him. He's special."

Goff may well be the first QB off the board, perhaps as soon as No. 2 overall to the Cleveland Browns, who are still searching for a long-term solution under center.

But Wentz has a real chance to leapfrog Goff on draft day. Cleveland is rumored to prefer the North Dakota State product, who played in a pro-style offense, per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:

According to Gruden, Wentz hasn't been discounted despite facing a lower level of college competition than the other prospects.

"Wentz has tremendous size and arm talent," Gruden said, per Hofheimer. "He's had some injuries, but all they do is win at North Dakota State. His Senior Bowl week put an exclamation point on his college career, and he has the NFL coaches and scouts stirring as we speak."

As for Lynch, the buzz around Wentz and the relative certainty Goff will be a success has quieted the conversation around him. It's impossible to look past the Memphis star's size, though, as he checked in at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6'7" and 244 pounds, per NFL.com.

Gruden appears to be intrigued by Lynch's potential after a 2015 campaign in which he threw 28 touchdowns to only four interceptions:

Lynch is one of the biggest quarterbacks you'll find. He was a single-wing quarterback in high school who wasn't really recruited by many programs. What he's done at Memphis is amazing to me—puts them in a bowl game, has them nationally ranked. He's come a long way in a short period of time. He's got a real upside.

Not to be dismissed are the other QBs Gruden is welcoming onto national TV. Other players who could hear their names called rather early in the draft are Connor Cook from Michigan State and Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott.

Questions linger about Cook's personality, while Prescott made tremendous strides as a pocket passer last year but still needs more polish to be a surefire NFL starter.

Penn State's Christian Hackenberg was 247Sports' No. 2 pro-style QB from the high school Class of 2013 and began his career with the Nittany Lions under the tutelage of current Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien.

Hackenberg's combination of physical tools and experience in NFL schematics may offset concerns about his rather lackluster play in 2015.

A player with similar risk but an undeniably high ceiling is Cardale Jones. After being thrust into a starting role late in 2014 and leading Ohio State to a national championship, Jones couldn't remain atop the depth chart. He may have the best arm of anyone in this 2016 draft class, though.

Gruden may have the deepest pool of pupils he's ever worked with, which should make his QB camp as compelling as ever in its seventh year.