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LA Rams score Cal quarterback Jared Goff in No. 1 draft pick




Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28 in Chicago, Illinois.
Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28 in Chicago, Illinois.
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The Los Angeles Rams scored Cal quarterback Jared Goff to kick off the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Having traded up to the No. 1 pick from the 15th spot, the Rams were widely believed to have their eyes on a quarterback. That hunch proved to be true as L.A.'s new pro football team snagged the 6-foot-4, 215-pound player. 

Here's a snapshot of the 21-year-old University of California quarterback from AP:

Notable: Set Pac-12 records with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season. First Cal player to go No. 1 overall since 1975 (Steve Bartkowski).

Strengths: Quick release and maintains solid accuracy whether throwing short, intermediate or deep. Will stand and deliver in the face of pressure and moves well within the pocket.

Weaknesses: Toughness is admirable, but he takes too many hits. He fumbled 24 times in three seasons. Some of that is poor recognition of when to get rid of the ball. Played almost exclusively from the shotgun.

Goff told AP in a phone interview that he "kind of had an idea" the Rams were looking his way. 

"It was a good feeling," Goff said. 

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Former L.A. Ram and running back Eric Dickerson told Take Two Goff will be a good addition to the team:

"He's pretty accurate, and that's big in the National Football League, accuracy. If you ask a receiver or a quarter back's coach, what do you want out of your quarterback, do you want him to be a more agile guy that can get out of the way, that can pass rushes, or can throw a deep ball or would you take accuracy, he can hit you in any spot, I think they'd take accuracy."

The Bay-area native is the first Cal quarterback to get picked in the first round since Aaron Rogers was drafted to the Green Bay Packers at No. 24 in 2005, ESPN reported.

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Several fans, already excited to have the Rams back in the City of Angels, told Take Two they are looking forward to cheering Goff on in the fall. 

"The kid's smart, he's got a great arm and he's a student of the game," Steven Sarinana-Lampson said. "I actually saw four of his games last year, I think he's got a lot of upside."

If you want to learn more about the type of player Goff is and how it'll work out for the 21 year old, who's carrying the franchise on his back, click on the audio link embedded at the top of this post.