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2017 NFL DRAFT

Jared Goff, QB

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Novato, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 215 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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511

Player Lowdown

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4.752.711.65- 279'2"4.477.17

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Los Angeles Rams | #1
    With explosive weapons Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin in place on offense and the NFL's most ferocious defensive line, the Rams are only an improved passing game away from competing in the NFC West, finishing 4-2 in the division a year ago, including 2-0 against the Seattle Seahawks and 1-1 against the defending divisional champion Arizona Cardinals. Goff may lack the ideal build of an NFL quarterback at a relatively slim 6-4, 215 pound but he possesses terrific awareness, anticipation and accuracy - the three most important traits for success at the next level. Further, the California native offers the regional appeal to excite the fan base in LA.
  • Los Angeles Rams | #1
    With explosive weapons Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin in place on offense and the NFL's most ferocious defensive line, the Rams are only an improved passing game away from competing in the NFC West, finishing 4-2 in the division a year ago, including 2-0 against the Seattle Seahawks and 1-1 against the defending divisional champion Arizona Cardinals. Goff may lack the ideal build of an NFL quarterback at a relatively slim 6-4, 215 pound but he possesses terrific awareness, anticipation and accuracy - the three most important traits for success at the next level. Further, the California native offers the regional appeal to excite the fan base in LA.
  • Los Angeles Rams | #1
    The Rams won't say who they are taking, but it's the worst secret out there. They will take Goff, the best quarterback in the class.
  • Los Angeles Rams | #1
    The Rams can act like they don't know who they want, but clearly they do if they decided to make the move. And Goff is the guy because this franchise is in a win-now mode.
  • Los Angeles Rams | #1
    Goff has Todd Gurley and an above-average defense behind him to relieve some of the normal pressure of being a No. 1 pick. The Rams still need to get him better protection and some weapons to throw to.
 

Player Overview

A Marin Catholic and North Coast (Calif.) Section legend, Goff, a four-star recruit, was handed the keys to Cal's future almost immediately after signing with the team, Goff steadily impressed over his first seasons before emerging as arguably the best quarterback prospect in the nation in 2015.

Goff impressed as a true freshman, completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 3,508 yards and an 18-10 touchdown to interception ratio. He shattered those numbers in 2014 (62.1 percent/3,973/35-7) despite a lackluster supporting cast and entered his junior campaign with 19 school records already under his belt.

Goff was 7-5 in 2015, passing for 4,719 yards with 43 touchdowns and a 64.5 completion percentage. He had 467 yards and six TD passes in Cal's first bowl game since 2011, a win over Air Force.

"This is Aaron Rodgers. He's the real deal," Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said in September. "This young man is exceptional."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: There is no denying that Goff's production is inflated due to coach Sonny Dykes' up-tempo spread offense, which provides the quarterback the ball out of shotgun and quick passes to the perimeter. That said, Goff shows many of the traits scouts are looking for in a pro-style quarterback, including impressive accuracy on in-cutting routes in the short, intermediate and deep levels, the courage to stand in the pocket and enough functional mobility to buy time.

Goff has a snappy over-the-top release and isn't afraid to zip the ball through tight windows, typically leading his receivers away from danger. He possesses enough arm strength to complete deep outs to the opposite sideline and shows good touch down the seam. The composure and toughness he has shown while being beaten up behind an overmatched offensive line also won't go unnoticed by scouts.

Goff can be downright surgical in his ability to pick apart defenses, showing deft touch on deep balls down the sideline and up the middle.

Goff showed development in several critical areas in 2015, specifically with pressure. He is doing a better job recognizing blitzes pre-snap, manipulating the pocket post-snap and finding the open read. His fantastic footwork and lower body mechanics allow him to always be in the "ready" position to easily come to balance and deliver, which isn't a common trait for most college passers.

WEAKNESSES: While Goff boasts plenty of admirable traits, he does come with some concerns. He hasn't missed a game due to injury at Cal but possesses a relatively spindly frame with long, lean limbs. Tiring of picking himself off the ground has led to Goff developing a bad habit of happy feet in the pocket and though he has shown admirable courage in taking hits to deliver passes, he too often throws without his feet set, sapping velocity and accuracy.

Goff is a good athlete for the position but isn't a true scrambling threat and his accuracy drops when attempting to throw on the run. Dykes' offense rarely calls for traditional deep balls down the sideline, although Gray has shown improvement in his downfield touch throughout the 2015 season.

COMPARES TO: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons -- Tall, smart passers without an elite arm, both have the mental processor and pocket mechanics to be consistently deliver downfield.

IN OUR VIEW: Goff displays passing anticipation downfield, a resilient approach and coordinated feet in the pocket, which are always in sync with his body rhythm and allow him to reset his vision and find the open read.

He clearly has room for improvement in several areas, but Goff is the type of quarterback who understands his deficiencies and what he needs to do in order to improve. And that's why scouts are optimistic for his future.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (2/16/16)

 
 
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12/31/2015 - Cal QB Goff to enter NFL Draft...California junior quarterback Jared Goff will forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, he announced Thursday. Goff's decision, which was expected, comes two days after he threw six touchdown passes in a 55-36 bowl-game victory over Air Force. "This decision was not an easy one by any means," Goff said. "I feel ready to take the next step in my football career and am excited about what my future holds." Goff is rated the No. 4 overall NFL prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, which projects him to be taken with the fifth overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in its 2016 mock draft. Goff is the first Cal quarterback to leave school early to enter the NFL Draft since Aaron Rodgers following the 2004 season. Goff, who has been the Bears starter since his freshman season, broke Marcus Mariota's Pac-12 single-season record for touchdown passes by throwing his 43rd in the Armed Forces Bowl. He holds school career records for yards passing (12,200), completions (977) and touchdown passes (96). This season Goff completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 4,719 yards and the 43 touchdown passes along with 13 interceptions. His 161.3 passer rating currently ranks ninth in the country. - The Sports Xchange
 

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