An NFC scout is not big on Jared Goff: 'To me he's another Jay Cutler'

California's Jared Goff is considered one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2016 NFL Draft, if not No. 1. In his final season at Cal, Goff completed 64.5 percent of his passes at 8.9 yards per attempt with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Rob Rang and Dane Brugler wrote that "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."

If that sounds like a fairly typical scouting report for a top prospect, that's probably because it is. But not everyone is high on Goff. That's unsurprising. There is pretty much never a prospect that has the unanimous support of scouts throughout the league. And so here we have an anonymous NFC scout telling exactly how not high on Goff he really is.

"I hope somebody takes him early, ahead of us," the scout said. "That would be great, drop a good player to us. I'm just not crazy about him, not at all. He doesn't win. Show me a quarterback who didn't win in college, that did well up here? There aren't many. To me he's another Jay Cutler. And you can take that any way you want."

So, not exactly a ringing endorsement. (Why being a 10-year starter has become a pejorative, who knows, but that's the world we're living in, right?)

It should be noted that Cutler ranks in the top third of all quarterbacks with 1,000-plus pass attempts in completion percentage, touchdown percentage and yards per attempt since he entered the league in 2006.

His high turnover rate (43rd among 52 quarterbacks in interception rate), however, is the most-often cited crticism, and Goff did struggle a bit with picks in college as well. It's probably not Goff's fault and Goff's fault alone that Cal was not very good the past few years -- quarterbacks don't play defense, after all -- but it's not surprising that scouts would hold that against him.

Jared Goff got an unfavorable comparison. (USATSI)

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