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Added May 2nd, 2016 by Ian
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Quarterback Jared Goff goes first overall in NFL Draft

The Los Angeles Rams selected 21-year-old quarterback Jared Goff of California with the first choice in the recent 2016 NFL Draft. Goff becomes the 22nd quarterback chosen with the first overall draft pick since 1967. This will be the Rams first season back in Los Angeles since being relocated from St. Louis. The Rams originally held the number 15 pick in the draft, but traded away a pair of first, second, and third round picks to the Tennessee Titans for the top pick overall. Los Angeles also got a fourth and sixth-round selection back from the Titans in the deal.

Most experts believed the Rams would select either Goff or Carson Wentz from North Dakota. However, Goff was given some indication that Los Angeles was going to take him after the club stayed in contact with him in the days leading up to the draft. After going first overall, Goff told the media that it was an unbelievable feeling to go first overall. With the Rams taking Goff, Wentz was chosen second by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles had picked up the second pick earlier in April in a deal with the Cleveland Browns.

The San Diego Chargers chose third overall and they selected defensive end Joey Bosa from Ohio State. The Dallas Cowboys took running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth choice while cornerback Jalen Ramsey went fifth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Baltimore Ravens took offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick and the San Francisco 49ers selected defensive end DeForest Buckner seventh. The Titans picked eighth after making a deal with Cleveland and took offensive tackle Jack Conklin. The Chicago Bears made a trade as well and moved up to ninth spot from 11th and selected outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. The New York Giants then tool cornerback Eli Apple at number 10.

The last time the Rams picked first and chose a quarterback was in 2010 when they selected Sam Bradford, who played for the club until the end of the 2014 season. The Rams have been hurting at the quarterback position since 2007. The team ranked last in passing in the league last year with just 2,805 yards. They were also last with 11 passing touchdowns and 6.2 yards per attempt. In three years of college football at California, the 6-foot-4-inch , 215 lb. Goff set school records for touchdowns with 43 and passing yards with 4.719 and left with 26 records to his name.

It’s unclear when Goff will be ready to take over the starting job with the Rams as the club may use Case Keenum until he’s ready. This means fellow quarterback Nick Foles may be traded and there are reportedly several teams interested in him.

 
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