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Meet the Prospect: Cal QB Jared Goff

The local quarterback near the top of everyone's mock draft is the subject of the latest "Meet the Prospect" post on

First Glance

The San Francisco 49ers had the opportunity to get a better glimpse of Jared Goff at his mid-March pro day for all 32 NFL clubs. The Cal signal-caller completed 61 of 69 passes. He later threw a few water-doused pigskins to display how his 9 1/8-inch hands could handle a slippery ball. Chip Kelly and several coaches on his staff made the short trek to California Memorial Stadium to view the quarterback that many draft experts have projected to the 49ers with the seventh overall selection in April's NFL Draft.

The Goff-to-San Francisco connection is a fair one for many in the business of making draft prognostications. A native of Novato, Calif., and a star at Marin Catholic High School, Goff started in all 37 of his college games over a three-year period for the Golden Bears. He is the only passer in school history to have ever started his first college game as a true freshman. After finishing with a 1-11 record that first season in Berkeley, Goff helped turn around the struggling program. He won nine games as a junior, including a bowl victory against Air Force. Goff set 26 school records during his time in Berkeley. Most notably, he posted the most passing yards (12,220), passing yards per game (329.7), touchdown passes (96), completions (977) and passing attempts (1,569). Goff also set single-season Pac-12 records with 4,718 passing yards and 43 touchdowns while becoming the first Cal signal-caller to be named First-Team All-Conference since Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers (2004).

Goff put up the type of numbers that warrant top-10 pick consideration. Now it's a matter of figuring out which team pulls the trigger on him bringing him into their program.


Height: 6-4

Weight: 215

Arm length: 32 and 3/4 inches

Hand size: 9 and 1/8 inches Pro Comparison

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

Best College Game

The Saturday that really put Goff on the national map was on Sept. 19, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Goff threw for 268 passing yards and three touchdowns to edge the Longhorns, 45-44, in a thrilling road victory for a Cal program longing for a marquee non-conference win. Goff's most prolific performance came in his final home of his college career against Arizona State. The quarterback threw for a Cal single-game record 542 passing yards and totaled 573 yards of offense (31 rushing yards) to lead the Bears past the Sun Devils, 48-46. Combine Statistics

40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds

Vertical jump: 27 inches

Broad jump:  110 inches

3 cone drill: 7.17 seconds

Mock Draft Connections

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco - No. 2 overall pick (Cleveland Browns)

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. - No. 7 overall pick (49ers)

NFL Media's Charles Davis - No. 8 overall pick (Philadelphia Eagles)

What the Media Is Saying...

"Goff is the more NFL-ready quarterback right now. His movement skills inside the pocket are very impressive. He can read defenses, make off-balance throws, and think his way around the football field. Much like Jay Cutler, Goff had to play against better competition with lesser talent around him. Goff is not as physically impressive as (North Dakota State quarterback Carson) Wentz — he is skinny, has small hands, and his arm strength doesn't compare, but he is a very impressive QB whose skills are obvious on tape. Arm strength aside, his movement within the pocket and his creative throws remind me of Aaron Rodgers." - NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth for Pro Football Focus

"I wish somebody would start some rumor to get (Jared) Goff to fall in the draft. Let's get that small-hand talk going! We would take him tomorrow. He's the best quarterback in this draft and it's not as close as the media is making it sound." - An unknown NFC executive to

"Jared Goff will throw in a few hours at Cal Pro Day. Every evaluator I talk to says his tape is superior to Wentz's. Upside is the question." - NFL Media's Albert Breer

Fun Fact

Goff saw NaVorro Bowman's "Pick at the 'Stick" in person. Goff was raised as a 49ers fan and chose to wear No. 16 in honor of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. For more on Goff's San Francisco fandom, read this interview with the Cal prospect from April of 2014.

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