With the Los Angeles Rams seemingly ready to draft Cal QB Jared Goff with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, we're starting to stack up all the evaluation materials we can on the LA franchise QB-to-be.
Here's how ESPN rates him. In terms of their official scouting report which requires and insider subscription because of that thing you did when you were a child that you are still ashamed of, here's how they rated him:
In terms of that production, here are his traditional stats from SR:
It's worth pointing out that Goff's career came after a plus crop of Cal WRs that included Marvin Jones (2012 NFL Draft fifth-round pick) and Keenan Allen (2013 NFL Draft third-round pick). So unlike many previous top QB prospects like say last year's combo of Florida St. QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Goff didn't have much downfield NFL-caliber talent to work with. Of course the same could be said about the quality of his offensive line as well.
More immediately relevant was a feature story from ESPN on Monday that looked at five QBs in this year's draft (Goff, Wentz, ) and evaluated them across six metrics: snaps under center vs. out of the gun, "true accuracy," success on 3rd or 4th down and long, handling pressure and beating the blitz. It's definitely worth a read.
Of note? Well, first the snaps under center metric. Jared Goff who took thousands of snaps in his three-year starting career, took just one under center. His track record in the other metrics is solid if not stronger, but the sheer learning curve that's going to have to take place in transitioning Goff into Fisherball and it's requirements under center is going to be massive.
It's just worth getting up to speed on the QB that has all needles pointed his direction for the #1 overall pick tomorrow night.