2016 NFL Mock Draft: Why Titans-Rams Trade Means Jared Goff To Los Angeles
Jared Goff To Los Angeles Rams
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The Los Angeles Rams made an enormous splash by trading a boatload of picks to the Tennessee Titans in order to secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans now drop to 15th in the draft order.
With this pick, the Rams are going to select Cal quarterback Jared Goff.
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The Rams need to find their quarterback of the future with duds Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion on the depth chart. None of those guys have shown any promise and isn’t exactly a group of guys you want to bring with you when looking for fresh start.
I’ve been saying for a while now that Goff is the best quarterback in this draft class and has the potential to be an All Pro at some point. Goff fits a pro-style offense, as he has the accuracy, touch, ability to throw the deep ball and has a very high football IQ. Some scouts have compared Goff’s intelligence to an Andrew Luck.
Goff is capable of throwing the deep ball, can read defenses and has terrific footwork.
The only downsides I see with Goff are his lack of athleticism and his small frame. Goff is capable of rolling out of the pocket a bit, but he’s not going to shred a defense with his legs. Goff also missed some playing time due to injuries and needs to add weight to his 215-pound frame. Even then, you don’t pass up Goff due to those two hiccups simply because the rest of the boxes are checked for him being a true NFL starting quarterback.
The only other player the Rams would consider for this spot is Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State. While he has the arm strength, accuracy and more athleticism than Goff, Wentz didn’t face great competition at the FCS level. Wentz also has a bad habit of locking onto receivers, predetermining throws and has injury issues of his own after breaking his wrist last season.
If I’m picking between two talented quarterbacks, I want the guy who has proven he can succeed against great college competition and not the equivalent to high school level. Wentz was also only a starter for two years, which has to worry some NFL teams as well.
There’s also the fact Goff is from California and has the laid back, surfer Cali attitude that would fit well with the Rams fan base. Moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles, drafting Goff would be a great PR move that keeps the Cali kid in Cali and helps put more fans in the seats.
Goff is the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft, and he’ll be the No. 1 pick when it’s all said and done.