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Jared Goff | Quarterback

Team: California Golden Bears
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205

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California QB Jared Goff best fits the Cowboys and Browns, in the estimation of NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks.
"When I look at Hue Jackson and what he did with Andy Dalton, I think Jared Goff's a better player coming out that Andy Dalton," Jeremiah said. "I think he fits with the Cleveland Browns and gives them the quarterback of the future they've been seeking for a very long time." Brooks, on the other hand, sees Goff as an ideal developmental prospect to learn behind a Dallas legend for a season or two. "You think about what they've been able to build around with Tony Romo with a young quarterback," Brooks said. "He can take some time to learn behind Tony Romo. They can built the system around him. I think you could have potentially what Green Bay had when Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre." Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Goff as the No. 25 overall prospect in the class. Feb 12 - 7:19 PM

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Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists California QB Jared Goff as the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"Produced some of the best touch, bucket throws we’ve seen in the last few years," Norris wrote. "There are a number of throws that clearly show he is willing to work to his second option, so 'progressions' might not be a leap. Converted from a number of unclean pockets. Seemingly mastered Cal’s system, albeit a very simple one. It is a simpler offense than Mariota’s at Oregon, but no one is making that statement." This is, of course, a far lower ranking than most analysts give Goff. Norris' credo is that if he gives a quarterback a surefire first-round grade, they ought to sit atop the class.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 9 - 3:09 PM

In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler projected Cal QB Jared Goff to the 49ers with the No. 7 pick.

As to how Goff would reach the 49ers at all, Brugler has the Browns selecting North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz at No. 2 and the Cowboys selecting UCLA LB Myles Jack at No. 4. Thus clearing the way for the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder's journey to San Francisco. Wrote Brugler, "Many assume Chip Kelly desires a mobile quarterback, but the most important trait to run his offense is quick mental processor, which fits Goff, who also happens to be a native of the Bay area." PFF analyst Kevin Connaghan's indicated that Goff's actual best-case scenario would be to land on a team that's willing to let him learn on the bench for a year. He might not have that luxury if the Browns draft him with a Top-5 pick, but it isn't inconceivable that Kelly could let him accumulate the proper seasoning before sticking him into the proverbial NFL oven if the Niners select him at No. 7.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 4:54 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan noted that Cal QB Jared Goff is "likely to go too early [in the draft] to be afforded [the] luxury [of learning on the bench during his first NFL season]."

Wrote Connaghan, "Goff is arguably the best QB prospect in this class, and should hear his name called early come draft time. An excellent downfield passer. Goff had the highest grade among Power-5 quarterbacks, and graded well when pressured." The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is far from a slam dunk, though, and Connaghan advises that throwing him into the fire early could be problematic. "His decision making needs to improve," the analyst said, "and like most QBs coming out of college, he could benefit from some development time before starting."
Feb 7 - 4:13 PM

Cowboys QB Tony Romo indicated that he would offer support to a drafted quarterback.

"I've been behind guys who were good players and I learned a lot from them," Romo said. "I'm going to do the same for whoever comes in. We get a free agent, I'll do the same and help him. We draft a kid, I'll do the same." As the veteran gunslinger noted, "If someone's good enough to take your job, you're probably not as good as you thought." In his most recent mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay did, indeed, project the Cowboys to pluck a quarterback with the fourth pick. He sees them taking North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, with the Browns selecting Cal QB Jared Goff at No. 2.
Feb 5 - 7:42 PM

Eagles HC Doug Peterson told CSN Philly, "I'd love to be able to pick [up a quarterback in the draft], develop him and eventually he becomes your guy over time."

While drafting a signal-caller is one option for the Eagles, they could also choose to extend Sam Bradford. Or do both, if they're comfortable sitting a drafted gunslinger on the bench. The Eagles hold the 13th pick in the first round, which theoretically should allow them to draft one of Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch or Carson Wentz. It's also possible that they wait it out and rather than pick a quarterback on Day 1, shoot for one of the second-tier prospects, such as Connor Cook or Dak Prescott.
Feb 4 - 6:07 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes QB Jared Goff's offense at Cal should be questioned like Marcus Mariota's was last year.

We all remember the Marcus Mariota conversation last year: that he ran a simplistic offense that did not translate to the NFL. Those comments usually derived from people who did not give Mariota, or Oregon's offense, enough credit. Norris believes Goff's offense is far simpler than Mariota's, and Sonny Dykes has previously discussed using around seven passing concepts or plays. This should be a talking point, as it was last year, but thus far no one has brought it up.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 4 - 12:09 PM

Cal QB Jared Goff told Mike Florio he plans to fully participate at the NFL Combine.

In the past some quarterbacks have elected to skip portions of the Combine, but Goff plans on throwing and going through the tests. Carson Wentz, coming off of the Senior Bowl, and Paxton Lynch are Goff's main competition at the top of the draft among quarterbacks. Goff will certainly be quizzed in team meetings throughout the week, likely on coverages and reads coming out of Cal's simplistic offense.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 10:44 AM

NFL insiders tell TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that it's entirely possible that two quarterbacks will go in the top-five, "with Carson Wentz and Jared Goff filling the slots."

"Wentz is watching his draft stock move north after the Senior Bowl and many believe the Combine is the perfect setting for Goff to show off his talents," Pauline wrote. "Assuming he participates in Combine workouts, one insider told me they expect Goff to, 'throw the hell out of the ball and be on the mark with all his passes.'" During Saturday's Senior Bowl broadcast, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said, "If you're looking for a quarterback in that Top-10, [picks] two, three and four have got to be locked in." Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Baltimore and San Francisco may all be interested in taking a QB early.
Feb 1 - 8:00 PM

During Saturday's Senior Bowl broadcast, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said, "If you're looking for a quarterback in that Top-10, [picks] two, three and four have got to be locked in."

The ebb and flow of draft momentum is interesting in and of itself. Just a week ago, many mocks had the Los Angeles Rams selecting NDSU world destroyer Carson Wentz with the 15th pick. If you're to believe the speculation of Mayock and others, the Rams might not be able to get any one of Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch or Carson Wentz at this point. Of course, only the Browns are a (near) lock to take a QB. The Chargers and Cowboys both have older starting quarterbacks who remain fantastically productive when everything's right, meaning that they don't necessarily have to pursue the position with a high pick.
Jan 31 - 3:36 PM

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley doesn't see a quarterback in the draft that will be ready to immediately start.

"I think it's a deep crop and I think it's a crop that's going to need some time," Whaley said. "Now, it depends on their situation, who takes them and what they do. But I would say it's not as top-heavy as last year where those top two guys would still be the top two guys. How quickly these guys can matriculate into the league, I think it's going to take a little bit of time. Maybe a year, maybe a half of a year." Whaley has said that he is open to drafting a quarterback. "The guys I've seen, I like them and there are guys that could be potential future starters," Whaley said. "I just think it's going to be a process." It appears as though Whaley might look for a developmental quarterback later on to eventually challenge Tyrod Taylor, though the exec is of course quite high on Taylor. "If I would've told you guys the Buffalo Bills would've had a quarterback in the Pro Bowl, what would you say? ... Exactly," he said.
Jan 27 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said, "I think you've got to handle the quarterback position if you're Cleveland, at No. 2 [in the draft]."

Mayock tosses out the names of Cal QB Jared Goff and North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, but Goff's the far, far more likely candidate to be taken with the second overall selection this spring. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder received a nice twist of an endorsement several days ago, when Utah DB Tevin Carter more or less dismissed his five-interception performance against the Utes on October 10 as "a bad day." Carter's words aren't going to sway anybody one way or another, but it's a sign of Goff's high reputation that even his opponents dismiss his mistakes. If the Browns happen to bypass quarterback in the first round, San Diego, Dallas Baltimore and San Francisco are all possible landing spots for the Cal legend.
Jan 24 - 6:45 PM

In his preliminary top-50 ranking, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler lists Cal QB Jared Goff at No. 9 and QB Carson Wentz at No. 12.

Paxton Lynch, the other quarterback in the top-50, sits at No. 29. Goff "undoubtedly faces a learning curve in the NFL, but he has the passing traits and mental process to find success early in his pro career," Brugler writes. Wentz has the first chance to improve or possible hurt his evaluation during next week's Senior Bowl, as he is considered the premiere quarterback at the event by a wide margin.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 11:43 AM

Utah DB Tevin Carter indicated that Cal QB Jared Goff's five-interception performance against his team has no bearing on his talent.

Said Carter of Goff's five-pick performance against the Utes on October 10, "He's a great quarterback who had a bad day. I think it speaks highly of our defense making it happen, but I believe the guy is going to be great." Carter went on to say that the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Cal prospect is "so smart" in his ability to read defenses. For reference's sake, Goff's next-worst interception total in a game during the 2015 season was two against USC on Halloween. The Utah and USC contests were the only ones in which he threw more than one interception.
Jan 21 - 5:59 PM

NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell believes Cal QB Jared Goff is a better prospect than Jameis Winston was last year.

Cosell lists this quarterbacks as Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook at this time. "I think Goff has all the traits you look for in an NFL quarterback, at this point," Cosell began. The evaluator then added he thinks Goff is a better and more natural thrower than Mariota and a better prospect than Jameis Winston. Cosell, notably, had his reservations about Jameis' game last year, stating he would rather have Zach Mettenberger as his quarterback than Winston.
Source: WGFX
Jan 21 - 9:41 AM