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2016 NFL Draft: LA Rams select Jared Goff with the first overall pick

Pick AnalysisThe football world has felt for a few years that the Rams were a QB away from contention. Following the f


 

Pick Analysis

The football world has felt for a few years that the Rams were a QB away from contention. Following the failed trade for Nick Foles last season GM Les Snead and HC Jeff Fisher clearly felt the time was now to make the move to complete the jigsaw. LA gave up a lot to move this far up in the draft but the legacy of the Robert Griffin III trade 4 yrs ago gave them the flexibility to gamble knowing they have a strong, young roster. Should the Rams have chosen Goff? Or Carson Wentz? Opinion is split on this question and the Rams had to make the call. Clearly they were more comfortable that Goff is better suited to the LA spotlight having played at a big time programme in California. However it plays out, we are going to see it in High Definition as the spotlight will shine brighter on Goff than perhaps any rookie QB in history given the LA location and the Hard Knocks cameras on hand for training camp. (David Pruett)

Player Analysis

Goff comes with plenty of experience playing at a higher level than the other two top prospects, as a three-year starter in the PAC-12 against more consistent and talented opposition. He was thrown straight into the starting line up as a freshman, put up good numbers despite the win-loss record and continued to build on those over the next two seasons before declaring for the draft. The statistics certainly make for impressive reading, finishing his junior season with 4719 yards, completing 64.5% of his passes, and 43 TDs to 13 INTs. That said, there’s no question that the system he runs under Sonny Dykes is extremely friendly to putting up big numbers, working from the shotgun and spraying out a series of quick passes to an array of 4 and 5 wide sets in a high tempo offense. While the system isn’t ideal for transition to a pro-style offense, Goff still was able to show a lot of excellent translatable pro traits with his progression work, primarily on left-to-right reads, and being very decisive without hesitation. There looks to be a strong football brain that should translate to an NFL scheme. The physical parts of his game are a question. Though tall, and despite adding muscle this year, Goff has a worryingly lean frame that has taken a number of hits over the years. His accuracy from the pocket is excellent, including downfield, but his arm strength is barely above average. Too often, he gives defensive backs opportunities to break on the ball and jump in front of routes, something that could become a bigger issue in the NFL. While he’s shown a great ability to escape from the pocket when his protection breaks down, it’s clear that the pressure affects the timing and accuracy of his throws when on the move; he is not a great thrower on the run. In addition, that pressure led to some very poor decision making at times this season. It was a concern that Goff’s play regularly took a big dip against the best teams he faced this season, looking poorest in the biggest pressure games of the season. While all the picks weren’t his fault, his 5 INT showing in a game of the week prime time setting against Utah was very poor. Against Oregon, Goff completed just 18 of 41 passes, and failed to lead his team to many conference wins, losing 5 of 6 PAC-12 contests over the key part of the season. Goff is looked at as the safer choice of the top 3 quarterback prospects in this class and no-one throws a prettier ball than he can from a clean pocket, but he definitely comes with a lot of questions himself, including his big-game mentality, arm strength, frame, handling of pressure, poor play on the move among others. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: LA Rams select Jared Goff with the first overall pick

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