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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Jared Goff

Quarterback, California6ft 4, 215 LBs40 yd dash: 4.82 secs


Quarterback, California 6ft 4, 215 LBs

40 yd dash: 4.82 secsBench Press: n/a
Broad Jump: 9ft 2 inch3 cone drill: 7.17
Vertical Jump: 27 inch20yd shuttle: n/a

Back before the world went crazy with trades most thought Goff would wind up getting picked somewhere around #7. Maybe San Francisco would take him, or maybe someone would swoop in in front of the Eagles to get him. It turns out that a team did jump in front of the Eagles, but much higher up than expected. The Los Angeles Rams swept in, handed the Tennessee Titans a fist full of draft picks and walked off with the #1 overall pick and the keys to which ever quarterback they want. That guy is likely to be Goff. So, why Goff? Goff has a lot of the traits you want from your top quarterback pick. He progressed well through his reads in college and was decisive with his throws. While the California offense is designed to put up enormous numbers Goff should enough touch and accuracy on his passes to impress. That’s not to saw Goff is without his weaknesses. He has a very lean frame, giving people pause that he may not be able to withstand the the barrage of hits he will doubtless suffer in the NFL. He has already developed “happy feet” to a certain extent, throwing without proper footwork when pressure starts to come, which can hurt his accuracy. One of the biggest issues with quarterbacks that start getting hit is their eyes drop to watch the rush rather than the coverage. It’s happened to David Carr, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert and it can be very difficult to build the quarterback up again. It’s one of the reasons why Christian Hackenberg isn’t at the top of this draft class any more. Goff also hasn’t demonstrated good arm strength yet. While it’s not as necessary as many scouts believe and it can be developed over time it is still a flag against Goff. Personally, I don’t think that Jared Goff should be the #1 pick in this draft. And if it turns out that the Rams like Carson Wentz more and take the small school quarterback Goff will only have to wait another 10 minutes before the Eagles write his name on their draft card.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Jared Goff

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