Jared Goff used Cal’s pro day to cement what a lot of people already think: The Browns need to make the junior the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.
It wasn’t a perfect day, as Goff went 61-of-69, but he did get credit for working through a difficult routine. He was tentative at times, and some of his balls wobbled, but he made several great throws, too, according to the Sacramento Bee. “…Some passes were excellent, especially a handful of deep, 40-plus-yard throws down the sideline that landed softly in his receivers’ hands,” Bee author Matt Barrows wrote.
Teams are usually operating under a veil of secrecy leading up to the draft, but there was nothing for new Browns’ coach Hue Jackson could keep concealed about Goff during an appearance on the NFL Network because his talents are so obvious.
“Tremendous young man. Has a lot of poise. Accuracy. Can make all the throws,” Jackson said.
The biggest buzz to come from the session occurred when Browns offensive assistant Pep Hamilton sprinkled some water on some footballs, and then asked Goff to make some deep throws.
It’s understandable why the Browns asked Goff to do it. Despite throwing 96 touchdowns in his collegiate career, he also had 23 fumbles. The Browns wants to conduct an elements test, and Goff seemed unfazed, via the Sacramento Bee.
“Yeah, growing up in California, they probably wanted to see that,” said Goff, who is from Novato. “That makes sense. But at the same time, I’ve played in cold weather before. I wouldn’t be the first quarterback to go from California to cold weather. I think Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have done pretty well.”
Did the water make a difference? Goff completed every pass he attempted, despite the moisture, minus one, which was dropped by a receiver.
The Browns weren’t the only team interested in watching Goff. All 32 teams were represented. Notably, new San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day stood 12 yards behind Goff as he went through his workout, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The 49ers pick seventh, and Goff could still be around when San Fran goes on the clock should the Browns bypass the Cal product.
I’ve been on the Goff bandwagon ever since October, and there’s plenty of room to join me. Why? Shameless plug…5 reasons the Browns should draft Jared Goff over Carson Wentz.
The bottom line? Goff’s younger than Wentz, has faced stiff competition and has helped a down-on-their-luck team rebound into winners. Goff is the more accomplished player, and Browns fans should want to see him grow and get better under Hue Jackson.