"There is no doubt in my mind, if you make a move like this, you make the move anticipating a quarterback that can become Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning," Mayock said Thursday on NFL Network. "You don't make the trade unless you think he can be one of those guys, and Carson Wentz has the upside to be one of those guys."
The Rams gave up the No. 15 overall pick of the draft, plus a pair of second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 45), a third-round pick (No. 76), and first- and third-round picks in 2017. In return, along with the top pick, the Rams picked up the Nos. 113 (fourth round) and 177 (sixth round) picks. Translation: the Rams opened major holes in two drafts in order to take a big chance on someone, whether it's Wentz, Cal's Jared Goff (the No. 2 QB behind Wentz in Mayock's rankings), or someone else.
As for how Wentz would handle the pressure that would come with being the Rams' pick at No. 1, Mayock thinks the QB would be unfazed.
"The more I've been around this kid, his teammates, his coaches ... I watched him at the Senior Bowl, which was a big step for this kid, he went from North Dakota State to working out in front of every head coach in the league, every general manager, being coached by the Dallas Cowboys, and it didn't faze him a little bit," Mayock said. "He went to the combine, all the bright lights, all the scrutiny, again he performed admirably."