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With the NFL Draft just a few days away, we have decided to put out draft profiles for your enjoyment, in case you aren’t familiar with all of these names that will be called on Thursday. We will be covering some of the big names as well as some of the lesser known names that could be called in the first round of the NFL draft. We continue the series with Jared Goff. The Quarterback out of Cal.
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As the 2016 NFL draft quickly approaches the race to find the next generation of pro football superstars is coming to a climax. Like in years past, quarterbacks are once again a hot commodity. After an impressive junior season many regard Jared Goff as the best quarterback and overall prospect in the upcoming draft.

Jared Goff hails from Greenbrae, CA  and thanks to an impressive high school career was ranked the 218th prospect in the country in 2013, with a classification as a four start prospect according to 247 sports. In his final season at the high school level Goff had an eye popping 3,692 passing yards and a 40/12 TD to int ratio. Even with his impressive showing Goff only received offers from Cal, Boise State, and Washington State.  Eventually Goff decided to keep his talents in the Golden State and attend Cal.

Goff was a three year starter at a Cal winning the quarterback job as a true freshman. He became the first true freshman in Cal history to start a season opening game.  During the 2013 season Goff broke the single season records for passing yards (3,508), most yards gained (3,508), total offence (3,446), passes completed (320), and passes attempted (531), despite his team only going 1-11 that year. In 2015 Goff lead Cal to their first winning season since 2011 and re-broke his own records for passing yards (4,714) and total offense (4,711) along with the most passing touchdowns in a season (43). His passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season also set PAC 12 conference records. Goff lead Cal to a 2015 bowl victory in the Armed Forces Bowl and received game MVP honors for his impressive 6 touchdown 467 yard performance. In his three year college career Goff went 977 for 1568 good for a 62.3 completion percentage.  Along with 12,195  passing yards and 96 touchdowns with only 30 interceptions. Amounting to a total QBR of 144.0 over that span.

Pros

  • Goff has one heck of an arm and is able to throw passes at short, medium, and long range with both strength and accuracy.
  • Good pocket presence. Great footwork along with the ability to escape pressure in the pocket.
  • Great leadership on and off the field. Goff has shown the maturity and poise it takes to be a NFL quarterback. Lead his team through difficult situations many times.

Cons

  • Needs to learn a pro style system. Cal’s offense is not similar to what he will be running in the NFL.
  • Can sometimes start games a little slow

Re-watching the highlights Jared Goff very much reminds me of Tony Romo. A great arm, nimble in the pocket, and the ability to perform in clutch situations. Jared Goff has arguably the highest draft stock of any player  right now, so I would be shocked if he was not picked number one overall. I would be even more shocked if he dropped out of the top two. Goff looks to have all the tools to be a future franchise QB in the NFL.

Prediction: Jared Goff to the Los Angeles Rams 1st Overall 

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