The Jared Goff Era begins in Los Angeles

Friday, April 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Jared Goff, the Los Angeles Rams' no. 1 overall NFL Draft pickIt begins.

To no one’s surprise, the Los Angeles Rams drafted Jared Goff at no. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL draft, making the Cal Golden Bears standout the first ever pick by the 2.0 version of the team. In pursuing what GM Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher hope – after all, the jobs of both may be on the line – is the elusive star-level QB the franchise has lacked since the days of Marc Bulger.

Immediate reaction was mostly positive; CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco was fairly representative of the hype in giving the Rams a mark of A-minus for NFL Draft day one, while his site reckons that with Todd Gurley in the lineup, Goff’s path to success will be that much easier. (Bit of a no-brainer there…)

Of course, as among many others has noted, this Rams team still has lots of question marks that are unlikely to be solved on Saturday, when Snead et al are next on the clock. The offensive line is projected to have four of five starters with three years’ experience or fewer plus the very promising Isaiah Battle coming off the bench; this unit began to show promise in the final quarter of last season, though the Seattle Seahawks torched ‘em for four sacks in week 16. Clearly, Goff’s mobility will be tested in ’16.

Most worrisome about Goff is his propensity for fumbling: 31 fumbles in three seasons at Cal isn’t exactly confidence-inducing. Much has been made of Goff’s 14-23 record as a starter as well, but fans of a perpetual 7-9/8-8 team like the Rams have little to complain about there.

On the plus side for Goff are his completion percentage (62.3%) and nice TD-to-interception (96/30) ratio in those 37 games – Warneresque numbers, if only at the college level.

Plusses, minuses and report card grading aside, though, surely well fewer Rams are looking at the medium-term future pessimistically than were two days ago – or even two seasons ago. Let’s keep fingers crossed that the Goff Era is longer, more stable and brings more wins than, say, the days of Sam Bradford…

– written by Os Davis

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