There have been 20 first overall picks that we’ve seen play in an NFL game this century and the St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams were involved in 10% of those. The Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford first overall in 2009 and then traded up to pick Jared Goff first overall in 2016. CBS Sports ranked all 20 of those players and the Rams didn’t do as well as they would have hoped when they picked either of those QBs, but Goff has time left to climb.
And certainly others (Cam Newton), time left to fall.
Goff was ranked as the 9th-best first overall pick of the century.
Goff has developed into a quality franchise quarterback for a perennially contending team. After enduing a rocky rookie season that saw him fail to win any of his seven starts, Goff has flourished under head coach Sean McVay, who joined the Rams prior to Goff’s second season. During his second and third seasons, Goff completed nearly 64% of his passes while averaging 4,246 passing yards per season. He also threw 60 touchdowns against just 19 interceptions while posting a 26-9 record as a starter.
Bradford came in five spots later at 14:
While he never developed into a franchise quarterback, Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, put together a solid nine-year career that included leading the NFL by completing 71.6% of his passes in 2016. That season proved to be Bradford’s best in the NFL. In 15 games, Bradford threw for a career-high 3,877 yards with 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
The top five was Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, and Michael Vick, which I think says a lot about the over-blown expectations of being the first overall pick. The expectations seem to be “This guy should be a Hall of Famer and lead his team to the Super Bowl” when the reality is so often that:
a) The NFL is hard.
b) Injuries happen often.
c) These players are going to terrible teams and it pays off to just start your career with a franchise that has less rebuilding to do.
Among other things. Of course, Bradford is familiar with b. Goff maybe found out “a” last year. As weird as it is to say that Eli Manning was the best first overall pick of the century, I have a hard time disputing it.
Goff was sandwiched between Mario Williams and Jake Long. At 20, JaMarcus Russell.