Jared Goff goes #1 in the NFL Draft
Exactly two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Rams decided they wanted to complete their move from St. Louis with a BIG moving party. They moved all they way from the 15th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, to the 1st overall pick. They were searching for a new face, for their new city. They were searching for a franchise quarterback, and difference maker. The Los Angeles Rams V2 first NFL draft pick, and the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft…Jared Goff from the University of California.
Goff is a 6’4 QB and originally from Novato, California, 400 miles north of his new home in Los Angeles. He started his college football career in a big way, being the first ever Cal Golden Bear to start his first ever game as a true freshman at QB.
Before I mention the records he set at Cal, remember that Aaron Rodgers was also a successful QB at Cal. Goff set 26 school records! Among them are career passing yards, career pass yards per game, completions, total offense, and touchdowns.
Last season, he set the Pac-12 single season records of passing yards (4,719), and passing touchdowns (43).
He is 2nd on the schools all-time passing efficiency list behind Aaron Rodgers.
He started his first game as a true freshman, and never looked back. He would go on to start all 37 games in three years at Cal.
He left is mark not only on Cal, but on the Pac-12 and the nation as well. He now ranks 3rd all-time for passing yards in the Pac-12, and 4th in passing TD’s all-time in the Pac-12. Those numbers are also good enough for an all-time national ranking of 26th & 27th respectively.
The Rams gave up their 15th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, along with their 43rd & 45th pick in the 2nd Round, and the 76th pick in the 3rd Round. But that’s not all folks…they also gave up their 1st & 3rd Round picks in next year’s NFL Draft. It is fortunate for the Tennessee Titans that they were not in the market for a QB this year. Both the Titans, and the Cleveland Browns were given king’s ransoms for their 1st & 2nd overall picks this year.
This is one of those years like we have seen before in the NFL where there appears to be two quarterbacks clearly ahead of the class. We actually saw that last year with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. We saw this in the 1998 draft with Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. We also saw this 2012 draft with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. We all know had badly it ended for Ryan Leaf. We have also seen the different paths that Andrew Luck and RG3 have taken. What is favorable for Goff in those scenarios is that the QB that was actually taken #1, turned out to have the most success (we’ll see about Luck). One of those guys, Peyton Manning, turned out to be one of the greatest QB’s of all-time.
Will Goff be that guy? The city of Los Angeles sure does hope so. There is going to be a lot of pressure on this young man to succeed with a franchise that has moved into a mega-market, and almost completely mortgaged their future in hopes that this golden boy, from the golden state, can lead them back to sunnier days.
The Rams will resume their draft on Saturday, where they have the 110th & 113th overall picks in the 4th Round.
Brandon Reid covers the NFL for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @New_Breid
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