NFL Draft: The Los Angeles Rams used the first overall pick to select California quarterback Jared Goff on Thursday.
After acquiring Sam Bradford in 2010, the Rams used the precious No. 1 pick to draft a QB for the second time in seven years. Goff also became the first California QB to land in the first round since Green Bay Packers chose Aaron Rodgers at No. 24 in 2005. Here’s another interesting stat: Since the common draft era (1967), 22 quarterbacks have been selected with the No. 1 overall pick – proving once again that quarterbacks are valued higher than other positions in football.
Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, Goff told ESPN that he would like wear No. 16 with the Rams as a tribute to Joe Monta, who the young QB idolized while growing up. Goff, who grew up a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, wore the same number during his days at California.
NFL Draft: Did Rams get it right?
The Rams, who will be returning to Los Angeles after two decades, gave up a lot of assets to lure the No. 1 pick away from Tennessee Titans. Last year, the Rams traded Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles, signalling the end of an era. But did they get it right by choosing Goff as Bradford’s successor over North Dakota State’s exciting quarterback Carson Wentz?
“They said, ‘Are you ready to be an L.A. Ram?’ ” an elated Goff told reporters after his selection. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’
“There’s going to be pressure no matter when you’re picked in the first round. I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team,” said the 21-year-old Goff who helped California turn around a program that won a solitary game during his freshman season.
Stay tuned for the latest on the 2016 NFL Draft.