Cowboys Draft Targets: Did Dallas 'F-Off For Cal QB Jared Goff?

I called it 'Organic Tanking.' Colleague Jeff Cavanaugh was more specific about the Cowboys' late-season flop, labeling it 'F-Off For Goff.' Is there a Cowboys/QB draft fit here?



Jared Goff thoughts below, a combination of our Matt Galatzan's background scouting report, the work of 105.3 The Fan's Bryan Broaddus and Jeff Cavanaugh as they watch film at Valley Ranch, and my application to the idea of Goff being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys via some guidance from none other than Jerry Jones and Tony Romo ...




High School Career

Jared Goff spent his high school career at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California, where he would post a 39-4 record in three seasons as their starting quarterback. While at Marin, Goff would complete 62.2 percent of his passes for 7,687 yards and 93 with 18 interceptions. He would also lead them to a North Coast Section championship, three NCS Playoff appearances and three MCAL championships.

Seen as a consensus four-star recruit, Goff received offers from Cal, Boise State, Washington State, and Stanford among others, eventually enrolling at California in 2013.  

College Career

At Cal, Goff would become the first true freshman to start a season in the history of the program, where he would break the single season record for passing yards in a season. Though his team finished just 1-11 that season, Goff threw for 3,508 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

As a sophomore, Goff would build on his freshman season, throwing for 3,973 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also threw for seven touchdowns in a single game against Colorado, breaking yet another school record. His team would finish just 5-7 that season, losing four games by just a touchdown or less.



This past season as a junior, Goff led the Golden Bears to a 7-5 record and their first winning season since 2011. In 13 games, Goff threw for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns, while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. In the Armed Forces Bowl, the schools first bowl game since 2011, Goff would win the MVP Award after throwing for 467 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over the Air Force Academy. 






At 6’4” 210 pounds, Goff possesses the height that NFL scouts look for in a franchise QB. He has tremendous arm strength, can fit the ball into tight windows, and can make all the throws required at the NFL level. 

Goff shows great touch and accuracy at all levels of the passing game, and can place the ball exactly wherever he wants to on a consistent basis. He also gets the ball out his hands extremely quickly.

Goff has incredible footwork for a college QB, and is always balanced and ready to throw the football. Despite a terrible offensive line, he thrived under pressure, and showed great composure completing tough passes under duress. 


Goff isn’t the most mobile quarterback in the 2015 class, and doesn’t do a great job of escaping pressure. His accuracy needs to improve while on the run. 

His numbers may have been inflated due to the offensive style that coach Sonny Dykes implements, and his receivers didn’t often run traditional NFL deep routes. 



Goff has a thin frame that could use some additional muscle. Spending an offseason in an NFL strength and conditioning program could help with that, but at 21 years old, he has plenty of room to grow.

NFL Comparison 

Matt Ryan – While the tendency is to go to Aaron Rodgers here because of the Cal connection and his physical tools, Goff plays reminds more scouts of Ryan. They possess similar arm strength and accuracy, while also showing the same willingness to make aggressive throws. Ryan and Goff also show similar pocket awareness, athletic ability and size. 





I wrote and spoke at length of the idea of "Organic Tanking,'' realizing that winning games was less valuable to Dallas at season's end that being properly positioned in the draft for whatever player would be available at No. 4. My man Jeff Cavanaugh was more specific ...


But yeah, all the hashtags apply if you believe, as I do, in "B.A.A.'' (or BPA, as the real scouts like Broaddus put it.) 


Speaking of Broaddus: He and Cavanaugh are still arguing about where and how to rank the QBs ...


At this point, Goff seems possibly to go as high as the No. 2 selection to the Cleveland Browns, before the Dallas Cowboys at No. 4. Some think Goff may be the only can’t-miss prospect in the 2015 class at the quarterback position, and should be the first QB taken in the draft. I've got college people who believe Memphis' Lynch is also in that class, and now Wentz of North Dakota State is climbing, too ... because that's what happens to QBs when we get to this pre-draft time of the year. (For about the last 15 years, an average of three QBs end up going in the first round ... whether critics liked 'em or not in January.)


The most instructive thing about Dallas and the QB position right now is a willingness to understand that an heir to Tony Romo who is also capable of being a 2016 bus driver (who is superior to the Weedens, Cassels and Moores) can be a priority ... because QB2 is, in a sense, a "starter.''


What does Romo himself say about the idea?


"If the best player is a quarterback,'' Romo says, "then that's what our team needs.''





And what does Jerry Jones say when asked if Dallas would take a QB at No. 4 overall?


 "Yes,'' Jerry says. "That's what's, I think, great about drafting this high. You can do both here and should do both. The facts are that you can take, and again, in no way am I saying that we will draft a quarterback, but a top quarterback here at that level could have maybe done the job for us this year when we lost Romo for a period of time.  ... So, that's helping now. I'd say that our backup quarterback situation, which I don't to in any way rule out [Kellen] Moore, our backup quarterback situation is the best now move we could make."


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