NFL Media's Lance Zierlein and Solomon Wilcots analyze the best franchise fits for former California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff on NFL Now Live 2016 Scouting Combine, in conjunction with Scout.com.
Given Colin Kaepernick's stated desire to be traded from the San Francisco 49ers, and given the fact that Goff may very well fall past the Browns and the Cowboys, with his hometown 49ers sitting at the No. 7 pick, it's certainly now a more plausible destination than it was a few weeks ago.
"I like him, I like how he threw, and I think that would the the consensus," one NFL scout said.
Another said that Goff "impressed" in his interview.
Goff measured in at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, with 32.75-inch arms and nine-inch hands.
His 4.82-second 40-yard dash was 11th among quarterbacks. He also recorded a 27-inch vertical leap, a 110-inch broad jump (12th), and a 7.17-second three-cone drill (9th).
Pros: Quick "typewriter" feet, smooth, always ready to throw ... Very quick release ... Calm under pressure ... Had complete control of the Bear Raid offense, with the ability to tag routes, remove routes, change protections and plays by his third year in the system ... High football IQ ... Calm under pressure; completed 60% of his passes against the blitz as a junior ... Not a dual-threat, but mobile when he needs to be to keep plays alive ... Just shy of elite arm talent ... Can throw receivers open ... 6 receivers caught 40+ balls last season, will spread the ball around, go through progressions ... Not a one- or two-read quarterback, will check down to fourth and fifth options regularly ... Elite field vision ... Not afraid to step up into pressure ... Sacked more than 26 times each of the last three seasons, did not miss a single game ... Off field: Completely unselfish, won't get in trouble ... Football nerd, will spend more time watching film and studying than in the club.
Cons: Slight frame (measured in at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds) ... Has shown issues throwing in inclement weather/colder climates ... Played in a spread system ... Hands measured in at 9 inches ... Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson has made a point of noting that hand size is important when playing in cold weather cities.
By the Numbers
In 2015, Goff threw the third-most touchdowns of any quarterback in the nation, had the 10th-best quarterback rating, the fewest red zone turnovers (0), and was still one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, despite taking 26 sacks -- 90th in the nation. Goff has exceptional poise, as told by his former offensive coordinator Tony Franklin: "To be a great quarterback, you have to stand on the yellow line in the middle of a highway and make decisions with cars coming both ways at you. Jared does that."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1605291-jared-goff-and-joe... Goff completed 93 of 156 passes against the blitz (60%), including 19 of his 43 touchdowns on the season. Despite the fact that he played in a spread system, 91% of his passes came inside the pocket, though he is able to move, with 16% of his attempts coming on the move. When he's on the move, he completes 58% of his passes (49 of 84), for a 110.2 QB rating. While he is a pocket passer, his QB rating actually goes up (from 108.6 to 113.7) from being inside the pocket to outside the pocket.
Yes, Goff had quite the corps of receivers this season, with six players either graduating or leaving early for the Draft, but more than 60% of his passing yards came through the air -- in fact, he was ranked as the top quarterback on the deep ball by ProFootballFocus.
Goff has a strong arm, legs when he needs them, exceptional feel for the pocket (on 172 drop backs against the blitz, he was sacked just nine times) and plus accuracy, even in the face of pressure and blitzes.
There aren't many quarterbacks in college football with the kind of touch Goff has, especially deep. On deep middle passes (21+ yards), Goff completed 63% of his passes as a junior, and on passes of 21 yards or more, he tossed 11 touchdowns to four interceptions. He was even better in the intermediate zone (11-20 yards), completing 58.8% (60-of-102) of his passes with 13 touchdons to five interceptions.