In 1997, the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee to become the Tennessee Titans the following year. The Los Angeles Rams to make a splash and join the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, or Pittsburgh Steelers as a franchise. If not, they may fizzle out and join the likes of the Tennessee Titans who traded the Rams the No. 1 overall pick.
You don’t trade away 6 picks in order to draft a great Defensive End or a hard hitting linebacker. You trade for the first pick to get a franchise quarterback. While Goff wasn’t always at the top of the QB list, he has risen to the top of the draft board. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz was the frontrunner for a long time, but now he is projected to be the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. But, why Goff?
Firstly, college quarterbacks with prolific winning records do not necessarily make a franchise QB in the NFL. Guys like Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers did, but others like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Tony Romo did not. So, Goff’s good but not stellar college record should not be a cause of concern.
Next important note is that the numbers don’t lie. Goff had a 144 career QB rating at Cal, which is absolutely stunning. He holds 26 Cal records including passing yards (12,220), TD passes (96), and completions (977). He obviously has the technical skills to be a great quarterback.
An interesting advantage that wouldn’t be conventionally thought to be helpful is that his freshman year, Goff lead the Cal Golden Bears to a 1-11 season. Not many highly recruited college quarterbacks can say that, especially his closest competitor Carson Wentz. Wentz went to North Dakota State, a Division II powerhouse for which a few losses means a disastrous season. Jared Goff has learned what it means to take a program and lead it from the beginning to become a successful, bowl-game-winning team. That 1-11 record has humbled him, and he knows that the record does not determine the potential of a team when he is asked to take the helm, which may be as soon as this season.
Finally, the guy just looks like a surfer, so why wouldn’t he be perfect for an LA based franchise quarterback. I mean, he looks like Ryan Gosling ate a bowflex. Who knows, maybe Gosling will be able to play Goff in a movie one day. Tune in to the 2016 NFL draft tonight to see how it all unfolds.
Here is a great article on Goff done by Bleacher. I highly recommend it. Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604748-why-jared-goff-is-the-next-franchise-quarterback
Jared Goff Career Statistics: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207769910