California quarterback Jared Goff is one of the top prospects in the 2016 NFL draft and hopes to be the top quarterback selected.
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Rams Reportedly Set to Select Goff
Sunday, April 24
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported that he heard Goff is "99.9 [percent] the pick at No. 1," adding that the "entire league knows" the Los Angeles Rams will select the former California quarterback.
On April 21, the Rams announced they recently hosted Goff on a visit a week after the franchise traded with the Tennessee Titans to secure the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, as announced on the Titans' official site.
Following the announcement, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reported the Rams were targeting Carson Wentz. However, Farmer also reported "Goff [is] still heavily in the mix" and the Rams "will turn over every stone."
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported multiple sources believe the Rams will draft Goff—not Wentz—with the top pick:
Schefter also reported the Rams are leaning toward Goff, but Wentz remains an option. In fact, Schefter added L.A. wanted time to debate between him and Wentz, which is why the team made the trade now.
Goff Reportedly Meets with 49ers
Monday, April 18
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, citing sources, reported Goff is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
Goff Works Out for Cowboys
Saturday, April 16
Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "loved what he saw" at a private workout with Goff in Berkeley, where head coach Jason Garrett was also in attendance.
On April 4, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reported Goff visited with the Cowboys. He added that Goff "had already been linked to the Cowboys through the Senior Bowl," where they conducted a private workout.
Goff Grades Out Favorably Compared to Last Year's Top QBs
Friday, April 15
Rand Getlin of NFL Network reported Goff graded out higher for multiple teams than Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota did in 2015.
Browns Considering Goff
Wednesday, April 13
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported, "Goff has many champions within the Browns organization and although a preponderance of mock drafts will show Wentz being selected with the second overall pick, I have continued to hear that Goff is actually very well-positioned to be Cleveland's guy."
On Monday, King reported what he's been hearing surrounding the Browns at the No. 2 overall pick:
Last week I heard Wentz strongly at this pick. This weekend one of my panelists said: "It’s definitely Goff. Believe it." Next week, could it be Brian Sipe? But I will say this about the pick: Goff’s the name I hear coming out of that building right now. We’ll see.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported on March 29 that Goff would work out with the Browns that week.
Goff Reportedly Working Out for Eagles
Thursday, March 31
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Goff had dinner with Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on March 28.
On March 28, John Middlekauff of 95.7 The Game reported Goff met with the Eagles, noting the quarterback worked out for the team on Cal's campus.
NFC West Team Reportedly Has Goff at Top of Draft Board
Monday, March 28
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller passed along what he was hearing regarding how Goff is perceived by at least one team:
Scouts Express Concerns Regarding Goff's Skill Set
Tuesday, March 22
Mark Eckel of NJ Advance Media passed along comments from several scouts who were concerned about Goff's viability at the next level:
"I hope somebody takes him early, ahead of us,'' one NFC 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." ...
"People out there love this guy, we don't,'' said an AFC scout. "We don't like him at all. He looks the part and all. But there's just something about him that turns me off. Maybe it's the slender build, or the small hands. I mean we're not taking a quarterback early, but if we were it wouldn't be him."
A second NFC scout also expressed concerns about Goff's hand size and inability to perform in the rain, adding: "He has a decent arm, can move a little. But he's not always accurate. I'd be real leery about taking him real high.''
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller noted Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater faced similar criticism in the lead-in to the 2014 draft.
Goff Reportedly Quells Size Concerns
Saturday, Feb. 27
Cole reported Goff has addressed concerns about his size by gaining 13 pounds this offseason:
Goff Comments on Draft Stock, Potentially Being Drafted by Browns
Monday, Feb. 15
"I think my pocket presence and my ability to extend plays speak for themselves," Goff told Peter King of The MMQB. "I'm confident I'll be the best quarterback in the draft."
"I'm not worried about it," Goff said when asked about potentially landing in Cleveland. "I'm excited about it. Whatever team I go to, I'll be excited to go. I want to be the future of a franchise. I think I can be a guy who can make an impact right away."
Cosell: Goff Is Better Than Winston
Wednesday, Jan. 20
"I think Jared Goff is a better QB prospect than Jameis Winston," Greg Cosell of NFL Films said on The Midday 180 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jameis Winston, of course, went first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015. He proceeded to throw for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns against 15 interceptions as a rookie, with his performance drawing largely positive reviews.
Goff Is Seen As Top QB Prospect in 2016 Draft
Goff, who left Cal after his junior season, threw for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 2015. He finished his collegiate career with a historic two-game stretch, throwing for 1,009 yards and 11 touchdowns without a pick in wins over Arizona State and Air Force.
The 6'4", 215-pound California native is viewed by nearly every college scouting service as the top quarterback in this class. Miller had Goff as his top overall player in his latest big board rankings, while CBS Sports graded him fourth. ESPN.com's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are a little more bearish, with the former putting Goff 17th overall and the latter placing him 10th. Kiper is the only one of those four to rank Goff behind Memphis' Paxton Lynch among quarterbacks.
Cal went 14-23 in Goff's three seasons as a starter, including a 1-11 mark during his freshman campaign. Bears coach Sonny Dykes said that experience makes him uniquely capable of navigating the early struggles that come with being a high draft pick, per Kyle Bonagura of ESPN.com:
A team is drafting high because they haven't had success, so you're going to have some growing pains and the fact that he came to Cal and was 1-11 as the starter—he's had that experience. He's had to deal with failure and he's also had to deal with success. That helps prepare a guy mentally and emotionally as well as anything, when you've gone through what Jared has gone through.
Of the two top quarterbacks, Goff is the more traditional option. He never had a run longer than 20 yards in his college career and almost never kept the ball on designed rushing plays. Lynch, who emerged from near obscurity to become a first-round lock, had 17 rushing touchdowns in his career and was used in a ton of short-yardage situations because of his 6'7", 245-pound size and running ability.
Goff is by far the safer of the two options, but it's not hard to see a scenario in which a team becomes fixated on Lynch's physical stature and rolls the dice.
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