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Jared Goff | Quarterback

Team: California Golden Bears
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215

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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco assigned the Rams a B+ for their draft machinations.
While many analysts have questioned whether the Rams surrendered too much in terms of draft picks in order to move from No. 15 to No. 1, Prisco sees the deal as a justified one. "Making the move up to the top spot to land quarterback Jared Goff was a smart move," he wrote, later adding, "Moving to Los Angeles this season, they can now start with a franchise passer under center. That's big. It's bold. It's also risky. But it's the move they had to make." The analyst did question the team's decision to draft Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round (due to his recent arrest), but countered that with some love for South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper, whom he believes "has a chance to come in and play as the third receiver right away." Given that the Rams brought in the vacant shell of Wes Welker in the middle of last season and viewed him as a viable receiving option, Prisco's assessment of Cooper sounds about right. May 8 - 7:28 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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After his first professional practice, Rams QB Jared Goff said, "The way they say it, and it's absolutely right, it's almost like learning a different language [in the pros]."

"I felt like I picked it up as I went along, and it got better," Goff explained. Not surprisingly, playing under center is one aspect the No. 1 overall selection is learning as he adjusts to the Rams' alleged NFL-caliber offense. Said the former Cal standout, "There is a lot that translates. Most of the (shotgun) stuff translates, almost all of it. Then there's under-center stuff that I'm picking up as I go along." We will have a much better idea of Goff's acclimation to the NFL once training camps get underway. Rookie minicamps hold little weight in the larger scheme of things.
May 7 - 7:09 PM

Rams owners Sam Kroenke compared Cal QB Jared Goff to Kurt Warner.

"Some guys [like Kurt Warner] have [the vision], some guys don’t. Whether it’s Arena Football that gave it to him or whatever, but he can see. And Jared has that. It’s the vision thing," Kroenke said. There are marked differences between Goff and Warner of course, namely their paths to the NFL. Warner only managed to stick in the league after an Arena Football stint, whereas Goff was selected No. 1 overall in the draft. Kroenke is not concerned about the pressure, though. "He will not be overwhelmed, being in L.A.," the owner said.
Source: USA Today
May 7 - 12:34 PM

The Rams received a C+ for their efforts in the 2016 Draft on Evan Silva's report card.

The analyst acknowledged that it was difficult to grade the class because Los Angeles gave Tennessee two second-rounders (43, 45), a third-rounder (76), and first- and third-rounders in 2017 to move up and take QB Jared Goff No. 1 overall. In addition, the Rams were without a fifth-rounder after taking backup OT Isaiah Battle in last summer's supplemental draft. "I do believe GM Les Snead made solid use of his remaining resources, securing two long, athletic tight ends and a pair of intriguing day-three wideouts," Silva wrote. "The Rams' roster remains needy at center and free safety with big short-term questions throughout Goff's supporting cast, and another depleted draft coming in 2017."
Source: Rotoworld
May 6 - 10:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. noted that because the Rams surrendered a bushel of picks to move up to No. 1 to draft Cal QB Jared Goff, "it has to work."

"Ultimately," Kiper wrote, "this draft is all about Jared Goff." Left unsaid, the very real possibility that should Goff falter in his development, the jobs of HC Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead could be in serious jeopardy. "I'm a fan of Goff -- he is my No. 1 quarterback in this draft -- but this is not a slam-dunk future franchise quarterback. They'll need to be extremely patient and find ways to protect him," the analyst wrote of a Rams team that had one of the most mistake-prone offensive lines in the NFL last season. Outside of Los Angeles' marquee selection of the Cal gunslinger, Kiper sees Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee (fourth round) as a potential steal if he can stay out of trouble and believes that South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper could be a legitimate playmaker as a slot wideout. All of this boils down into a B- grade for the Rams. But again, the whole enterprise hinges on Goff. No pressure, kid.
May 5 - 11:00 PM

The MMQB's Robert Klemko detailed the type of background work the Rams completed on Cal QB Jared Goff prior to the draft.

The Rams sent team director of security Steve Miller, who has an investigative background, to Goff's hometown and spent hours talking to random people and their interactions with the quarterback. Those questions included "Ever see him at a party? Is he a drinker? A womanizer?" NFL teams certainly view quarterbacks as CEOs or any other major figure analogy, and many times the background work and info they obtain backs that up.
Source: The MMQB
May 3 - 11:58 AM

Rams selected Cal QB Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Goff (6'4/215) made 37 starts in three seasons at Cal, completing 62.3% of his passes with a 7.78 YPA and 96:30 TD-to-INT ratio. His career record was 14-23, although Goff had very little around him. Goff's weaknesses are smallish hands (9") -- leading to 24 career fumbles -- a simplistic, shotgun-based college offense that could hinder Goff's NFL transition, and a tendency to play too fast with bodies around him. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has compared Goff's skill set to Matt Ryan's. Goff is the Rams' likely early-season starter, and could beat out Case Keenum to start Week 1.
Apr 28 - 8:21 PM

The Los Angeles Rams will not reveal who they are selecting at No. 1 until the draft proper on Thursday night.

"We'll get in touch with the player just prior to putting the card in," said Rams HC Jeff Fisher, who went so far with his poker face as to hint that the team hadn't even necessarily made a decision between Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. He said "Maybe" when asked if they had settled one of those young gentlemen. If it isn't Goff, there are going to be some stunned silences on telecasts 'round the globe.
Apr 26 - 9:35 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports the Saints did not discuss trading for the No. 1 overall pick.

Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch "appears to be a long shot" for New Orleans, per Triplett. Both notions contradict other reports out there, par for the course at this time of the year. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported that the Saints wanted to trade up to acquire a quarterback. Triplett refutes interest in the No. 1 pick and also in Lynch, but mentioned the Saints would like to add a signal-caller later on in the draft. Drew Brees is entering the final year of his contract and is currently in extension negotiations.
Apr 26 - 4:44 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that his sources believe the NFL is "pressuring" the Rams to stay silent about their intentions at No. 1 to "build speculation" prior to the draft.

"The NFL Draft has become such big business that the league hopes to build speculation around who will ultimately end up as the top selection," Pauline wrote. The Rams are taking Jared Goff barring an act of god.
Apr 25 - 6:00 PM's Jordan Raanan hears that there is a 99.9% chance the Rams select Cal QB Jared Goff with the first overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Not only does Raanan report that the Rams are 99.9% set on drafting Goff, he also wrote that "the entire league knows it." We had heard previously that part of the reason the Eagles traded for the No. 2 pick is that they were already working off the expectation that the Rams would draft Goff. If everything unfolds as expected, the Eagles will be selecting North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with that second pick.
Apr 24 - 6:28 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock declared that Jared Goff and Carson Wentz "can be every bit as good" as Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Mayock is one of those who is bullish on this year's first-round quarterback prospects. The analyst loves Wentz's tools and Goff's well-rounded, polished game.
Apr 23 - 12:47 PM

An NFL scout told ESPN's Matt Bowen that Cal QB Jared Goff holds a mental edge over the competition.

"From a mental standpoint. Goff is the best of all the quarterbacks in the draft," the scout said. A sign of that maturity -- in red zone opportunities, the Cal signal-caller notched a fantastic 56/1 TD/INT ratio across his 37 starts for the Golden Bears. Another scout who spoke with ESPN's Bowen was slightly less enamored, believing that the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder could be in for a world of hurt if he is forced to play immediately. "If he gets forced onto the field, he's not going to be ready," the scout said. Goff is a strong candidate to be drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Rams.
Apr 21 - 2:16 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Cal QB Jared Goff shares Tom Brady's footwork and pocket presence, calling both traits "amazing."

"But he has such a slight build. He needs to get stronger," the scout continued. "And having played in that spread system he will need to take snaps under center and make adjustments." Some scouts are worried that Goff went 14-23 at Cal, others don't care. "He was surrounded by nothing," another scout said. "His best running back had a hip and was hurt all year, the receiver has all kind of talent and he's a nut job. The rest of them are pedestrian. He might be the most ready but I'd be nervous taking him before 10. Thing I don't like is his slender build." But the third scout disagreed with the interpretation of Goff's record. "I just don't see him having that winner quality about him. His arm isn't great. ... He gets rattled by pressure. Everything has kind of got to be under control for him. He couldn't win there and you want him to be the face of your franchise?"
Apr 20 - 6:31 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney believes that the Rams have the pieces in place to help smooth Cal QB Jared Goff's immediate transition to the NFL should they draft him.

"The Rams have a stud running back in place -- 2014 first-round pick Todd Gurley -- and the makings of an improved offensive line that should spare Goff some of the avoidable growing pains early in his career," Cooney wrote. The analyst also deemed the offensive line Goff played behind at Cal as "horrible." Nevermind that we would use that exact same word to describe the Rams' o-line in 2015. Interestingly, colleagues Dane Brugler and Rob Rang both see Carson Wentz as the right pick here. ESPN's Adam Schefter is of the opinion that Los Angeles' newest professional sports outfit will be selecting Goff.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 7:50 PM