LOS ANGELES-Picking the No. 1 overall draft pick in the NFL Draft is a lot like hitting the lottery, if you’re that lucky. It can also be a waste of time and money, if you are unlucky. The Los Angeles Rams have been down this road before.
In 2010, the Rams decided to go after then Oklahoma star Sam Bradford. Bradford was supposed to be that guy. Four lackluster seasons got Bradford shipped out of town, and left the Rams in a holding pattern for the future.
Needless to say, the Rams felt the sting of going after that so-called franchise quarterback and was left with a lot of unanswered questions. Those questions, hopefully, have been squashed after the Rams decided once to go all in on the quarterback derby and selected Cal’s Jared Goff as that guy to lead the team in the present and the future.
“He is extremely competitive,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said during a press conference held at the Courtyard Marriott. “Once you look at his body of work in the red zone; we call it the scoring area, it is impressive. He is going to keep drives alive. He understands…nothing is too big for him, and he is just really exciting.”
With being the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Goff will have put on his big boys pants and lead the way for the Rams to do something special, something that Bradford was not able to do during his four-year, erratic and injury-prone seasons with the ballclub. This is not St. Louis. This is Los Angeles.
While all the press conferences and feel-good community events in the short future will lend Goff some sort of a grace period of welcoming enthusiasm, what he does on the field is going to be the main thing he is going to be ultimately judged by.
There are plenty of nice guys around and in the NFL. Goff is here to win games and help push the Rams into being a viable playoff contender year after year.
The Rams have not had a winning record since the 2003 season when they went 12-4. Since picking Bradford in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Rams have gone 7-9, 2-14, 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9. Goff is the new sheriff in town, at least for now. There’s always a wait-and-see attitude with draft picks, whether it comes from the No. 1 pick to the last selection in the draft.
Greatness is not cemented in stone just because a player is chosen as the top guy in his class. But the Rams are confident they have done their due diligence to underscore that Goff has what it takes to move the team to the next level.
His senior at Cal, Goff went for 4, 719 yards and 43 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. In 2014, Goff threw for 3, 973 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven picks. Pretty gaudy numbers. However, as great as those stats are, Goff’s Cal teams went 14-23 during his tenure as a starter.
So, no doubt the heat is going to be on, the spotlight will be shining even brighter with the team now officially parked in the land of the stars. Fisher believes Goff have can handle what’s thrown at him and he’s now become a major component to what the Rams are building.
“I will tell you that this team is getting better,” Fisher said.