Jared Goff is drafted first overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff becomes the first Cal player to be taken first overall in the NFL Draft since Steve Bartkowski in 1975, as he heads to the Los Angeles Rams.

QB Jared Goff: Drafted
Round 1, 1st
Team: Los Angeles Rams


Bio Info
Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, CA)
215 pounds
4.82 40
32 3/4-inch arm length
9 1/8-inch hands

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Five-star prospect
No. 1 quarterback in the draft
No. 9 overall prospect

Cal Career: The most highly-decorated quarterback in California Golden Bears history. Goff owns 26 school records and two Pac-12 records, including passing yards in a season (4,719) and passing touchdowns in a season (43). He completed 977 of 1,569 career passing attempts, threw 96 touchdowns, threw six touchdowns in a single game three times, threw for 12,200 career yards (third in Pac-12 history, 26th in NCAA history), started 37 straight games, threw for 400 or more yards eight times, 300 or more 22 times, and 250 or more 30 times. He became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Golden Bears, and promptly threw for 450 yards. He broke that mark the very next week against Portland State, with 485 yards through the air, and then again three weeks later against Washington State, when he completed 33 of 59 passes for 504 yards and one interception.

After a 1-11 season as a freshman, Goff led Cal to a 5-7 mark in 2014, and finally back to the postseason in 2015, with an 8-5 mark and an Armed Forces Bowl victory over Air Force. In that game, Goff set the bowl’s single-game records by passing for 467 yards and six touchdowns to lead Cal to its first bowl victory since 2008.

The two-time team captain is second on the school’s all-time list for passing efficiency (143.95) behind only Aaron Rodgers. 

He broke Pac-12 career records with an average of 326.6 yards of total offense per game as well as posting three seasons of gaining 3,000 or more total yards.

He was one of six players in Pac-12 history to throw for 3,000 or more yards in three seasons and one of two to throw for 3,000 or more yards in each of his first three campaigns.

By the Numbers: 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.

Expert Breakdown: “Jared Goff comes from a no-huddle, shotgun, spread offense where most of the information comes from the sideline, so that will cause him to have some serious adjustments, I think.  But after spending a day with him, he is a quick study.  He's got a real strong group of intangibles for him.  He's got a great family background that has pushed him and pushed him to this level … I think Jared Goff has everything I'm looking for in the pocket.  He has great feet.  He keeps his feet alive at all times.  He takes punishment.  He'll create new launching spots, he's a very talented pocket passer.  I would want him if I were still coaching.” – Jon Gruden, former NFL head coach

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1605291-jared-goff-and-joe... “He’s the best passer in the draft” – Steve Mariucci, former NFL head coach

“His release is quick, and people don’t understand that it’s not so much the arm, as it is his footwork, because his feet are always hot, so he doesn’t have to set his feet to throw the ball.” – Bryce Treggs, former Cal WR 

“I’ve seen him play a lot, probably every game, and I don’t think anybody’s better than he is, throwing the football. He’s outstanding. He could be a franchise quarterback.” – Craig Morton, former Cal quarterback

“I had a guy tell me once – Chris Hatcher – won the Harlan Hill Trophy, which is like the Division II Heisman, and he was coaching at Kentucky when I was there, and he said, ‘If you can imagine being on a two-lane highway, and you’re on the yellow line, cars are going by you, 75 miles an hour, and you’re having to work to find a throwing lane – that’s what it’s like playing quarterback.’ There’s not a lot of guys that really, truly, can operate in that confine, and not blink, not flinch. When you have that, I don’t think it’s a gift. I think it’s a part of a gift, but I think the second part of it is an inherent toughness, and just the competitive fire of, ‘I’ll scratch your eyes out in order to make this play.’ He’s never flinched once. I’ve never seen him, one time, flinch.” – Tony Franklin, former Cal offensive coordinator 

Goff Says: “The game started to slow down for me. I was able to pick things up quicker, and learn a lot of stuff this year, and I felt like, at the college level, I've done a lot, and it was time to take the next step. Mentally and physically, I felt very ready, very excited and you just know when you're ready. It was similar to when I committed here at Cal. It's one of those decisions you just kind of know, and it's the same thing with this."

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