Cal QB Jared Goff Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams with the No. 1 overall pick

After becoming the first true freshman in Cal's history to start a season opener, Jared Goff played his way into top pick contention, and tonight Goff was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams.

QB Jared Goff: Drafted

Round 1, No. 1 overall

Team: Los Angeles Rams

Bio Info

Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, CA)

6-4

215

4.82 40

32 3/4-inch arm length

9-inch hands

27-inch vertical jump

110-inch board jump

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Five-star prospect

No. 1 quarterback in the draft

No. 9 overall prospect

Cal Career:

Goff had high expectations from the moment he stepped foot on campus at Berkeley and it's fairly safe to say that he lived up to the hype. Goff started all 37 games possible during his time at Cal and became the first Cal quarterback to ever start the season opener as a true freshman. Goff announced his presence in the Pac-12 by completing 60% of his passes and throwing for nearly 3,500 yards as a true freshman. 

Things only improved for Goff as he got more reps and more time in the system. His sophomore campaign saw him complete 62% of his passes, throw for 3,973 yard, 35 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. During that sophomore year, Goff only had one multi-interception game and that came against Stanford. Things finally culminated with an outstanding senior season. 

Goff completed 64.5% of his passes, threw for 4,719 yards, averaged 8.9 yards per attempt, threw 43 touchdowns and only had 13 interceptions on the season, many of which were drops by the receivers. Goff's 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns were Pac-12 single-season records. Goff also became the first quarterback at Cal since Aaron Rodgers to gain All-Pac-12 first-team honors. He also led Cal to a bowl for the first time since 2011. 

Goff leaves Cal having set 26 school records. 

Expert Breakdown: “After being mauled that first year, to the tune of 32 sacks, with a hit by Stanford defender Shayne Skov separating his throwing shoulder in a 63-13 whomping of a Big Game, Goff – ever the perfectionist – would pick three or four elements of his game to improve on, during very break in play – every winter, every spring, every summer -- and work at them until they met his standards. He was always learning, always asking questions.

"He’s been the steady hand at the tiller, guiding the program through a bottom-up rebuild, from a 1-11 freshman season, where he became the first ever true freshman to start a season opener for the Bears, to an 8-5 swan song, where he led Cal to its first bowl victory since 2008." -- Ryan Gorcey, Bear Territory Publisher

Goff Says: “I've been thinking about this moment since I started throwing a ball around at five years old. All the work that I’ve done over these last few months, preparing for the combine, my pro day and individual team workouts — really the work I’ve put in my whole life — is about to pay off in my dream coming true. To think that I’m going to get a chance to play football for a living is something really special. But when the commissioner walks to the podium and calls my name, it will really be only the beginning.” (per Player Tribune)


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