Maurice Jones-Drew breaks down what makes Jared Goff a good fit for the Los Angeles Rams

Maurice Jones-Drew has been around the Cal program since he retired from the NFL, and he knows just how Goff will fit into the Los Angeles Rams' offense.

Jared Goff told Deion Sanders, fresh off of receiving his No. 1 overall pick jersey from Roger Goodell, that he was "ready to make a difference," in Los Angeles.

What kind of difference can he make? Former NFL and UCLA running back Maurice Jones-Drew is a Bay Area native -- and a Concord (Calif.) De La Salle alumnus and coach -- and he's been in the Bay Area since his final season, with Oakland, in 2014. He's seen the rise of Goff, and knows his game, from a professional standpoint. “I thought it was a great fit," Jones-Drew said of the Goff-Rams marriage. "You talk about a kid who took a team from 1-11 to 8-5. He has that mental make-up. You talk about a quarterback, you’re going to have to deal with some type of adversity throughout the course of your career. He’s done that. He’s handled that. You want to talk about his physical tools? Yes, he has small hands, but guess what: He can make every throw on the field. You have some guys who can’t do that. This guy, I thought, was a No. 1 draft pick. As soon as we saw the trade, I knew it: You’re going to L.A. Blond hair, blue eyes, the California kid, it only makes sense.”

What sticks out to Jones-Drew is Goff's confidence in the red zone. He knows at least some of the inner workings of the Rams offense, given that he has experience with the Los Angeles offensive coordinator -- Rob Boras.

“I actually had a chance to work with their OC – Rob Boras – in Jacksonville," said Jones-Drew. "He was the tight ends coach. I got a chance to talk to him a lot throughout this process, and he talks about a quarterback having confidence, a quarterback that’s willing to make that tight throw. We’ve seen this over and over and over again with Jared Goff: This guy can make plays.”

Talk of Goff's hands did not dissuade the Rams, nor did talk of Goff's build, nor did the fact that he played in a spread system give Los Angeles pause. Throughout the morning, analysts picked apart the new Rams man on the basis that he didn't have to read defenses and change plays at the line, that all of his calls came from the sideline. Los Angeles knew better."Honestly, anybody who says that, clearly they didn't watch film," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "You don't have to have a whole lot of football knowledge to turn the film on and see that he's going through full progressions and reads. Somebody says that, I mean, that would be like me criticizing what Smith Barney is doing because I watch Mad Money."

Another point of contention was the difference between taking snaps under center, turning one's back to the defense and then picking up reads, compared to the shotgun, where Goff operated almost exclusively, able to see the defense for the entirety of his drop. Also of concern was the footwork involved in three- and five-step drop backs.

"What happens is, you look at our offense, and the quarterback catches the snap and then takes the drop, so sometimes, he's taking the three-step drop, sometimes the five-step drop, from the shotgun," Dykes said. "Depending on what the read is, he has to do all the things that quarterbacks in the NFL do. We have full-field reads. We're a progression read team that starts on one side of the field, and he reads progressions all the way across. You look at guys who had success in the NFL early, the last couple of years, and there are a lot of guys who came from the spread offense.

"People have always recruited against us, saying, 'It's a spread team; you can't get drafted; you can't do this, you can't do that,' so it's pretty clear you can, and be the first pick in the draft. It's rewarding when you see it happen, and it proves that you can do it at Cal, you can do it in this offense, and it proves that, if you come in, and you've got the skills and you work hard and you've got talent, that you can be developed. Jared was great for our program. It was a great marriage. He helped us get where we are today, and we want to continue to build off of what he did for us."

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