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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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 4:44 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson hears that Cal RB Daniel Lasco has worked out privately for the Saints.

In addition to his workout with the Saints, Lasco has also logged workouts with the Patriots and Eagles. The 6-foot, 209-pounder was hit hard by the injury bug in 2015, appearing in just nine games on his way to rushing for 331 yards and five touchdowns. He makes for an interesting sleeper for the later rounds of the draft, though. In a healthy 2014, Lasco gained 1,471 total yards with 14 touchdowns scored.
Apr 25 - 10:28 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

NJ.com'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

Cal WR Kenny Lawler has worked out for the Saints, Falcons, Cowboys, Eagles and Colts, per Aaron Wilson.

This is the first we have heard of teams' interest in Lawler. The Cal receiver made a number of difficult catches over the years, extending his arms and hands away from his body after adjusting to difficulty placed targets. However, as an athlete, Lawler is in the bottom 13th percentile.
Apr 22 - 10:58 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

USA Today's Arman Markazi thinks Cal RB Daniel Lasco will become a "valuable chess piece for a coach looking for a third-down back who can be a positive asset on special teams."

Lasco rushed had almost 1,500 total yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014 but limped through an injury-ravaged 2015. He has burst back onto the scene during the pre-draft process with a dominant Shrine game followed by a dominant Combine. Markazi thinks he's a sleeper. We do too.
Source: USA Today
Apr 19 - 9:34 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

ESPN's Adam Schefter told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast that he believes the Rams will take Cal QB Jared Goff No. 1 overall.

This isn't a done deal, according to Schefter, but Goff is the heavy favorite at the moment. If that happens, it would seem to increase the chances that Cleveland -- which also reportedly prefers Goff -- trades down from No. 2 with a team that wants Carson Wentz.
Apr 18 - 9:49 PM

Rams GM Les Snead indicated that the team has a "leader in the clubhouse" for the No. 1 overall selection.

Snead went on the Dan Patrick Show and laid out vague notions of the Rams having an idea for this draft. "We felt like there were two players worthy of that and I think that's important to know. And yes there is a leader in the clubhouse, but you know we still do have over 10 days before the draft I believe," Snead said, "So not much can happen in that time, but a few things can happen and you want to cross your T's dot your I's and put your period on the sentence." There were a slew of conflicting reports following the Rams' initial trade for the No. 1 pick last week, with some hearing that Carson Wentz was their coveted quarterback and some hearing that Jared Goff was on their minds when they made the deal. Snead and company won't be revealing their choice until the draft proper, but it is possible that rumors will start to coalesce toward one name for No. 1 as the draft nears.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 3:10 PM

Pro Football Focus does not believe that Cal QB Jared Goff's skinnier frame will effect him in the NFL.

PFF ran through a few of their favorite draft myths on Monday. They led with the question of Goff's size. He measures in at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. The outlet name-checked seven successful NFL gunslingers who measure similarly, including Aaron Rodgers (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), Eli Manning (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Matt Ryan (6-foot-4, 217 pounds). "None of those QBs are considered small," site analyst Jeff Dooley wrote, "and Goff is roughly the same size as all of them before he even enters an NFL weight-training program. It wouldn’t be surprising for him to add another 10 pounds to his frame." PFF has been one of Goff's most ardent backers throughout the process. They believe he is the best quarterback in this draft class.
Apr 18 - 1:05 PM


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