Jared Goff Declares for 2016 NFL Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2015

California quarterback Jared Goff passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff repeatedly flashed his pro potential in the program's Bear Raid scheme over the past three seasons, so it shouldn't come as a surprise the junior has decided to declare for the 2016 NFL draft.   

Goff made the decision official Thursday after ESPN.com's Joe Schad first reported Goff intended to enter his name in spring's selection process. 

The three-year starter posted gaudy numbers every season of his collegiate tenure, which was highlighted by a strong junior campaign. 

A year after completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,973 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a sophomore, Goff exploded for 4,719 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as the Golden Bears went 8-5 after opening the season with five straight wins and rising as high as No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. 

"You have to get a calculator with Goff’s numbers," Stanford head coach David Shaw said, according to the Bay Area News Group's Jeff Faraudo. "He’s awesome. He’s tall, he’s long. He has a quick release. He can paint the sidelines from the far hash. That’s big-time."

Based on Goff's game tape, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was most impressed with the signal-caller's ability to make NFL-caliber throws while showing off a skill set including stellar accuracy on intermediate concepts. 

"Goff puts the ball on the correct shoulder when throwing down the field and won't lead his receivers into traffic," Miller wrote. "He understands touch and anticipation. His arm is strong enough to throw the 15-yard-out on a line, to thread the ball into tight windows on underneath routes and throw 50-yard bombs such as he did against San Diego State." 

Miller ultimately compared Goff to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning because "he has picturesque footwork in the pocket, aggressive downfield vision and the arm to make every throw in the playbook."

Based on rave reviews, Goff should enter February's NFL Scouting Combine as one of the most coveted draft prospects around.

With quarterback-needy teams like the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers lurking near the top of the draft board, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 21-year-old selected inside the top 15 as he gets set to embark on a prosperous professional career.