Mel Kiper’s No. 1 rated QB may surprise you

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has been releasing his rankings for the top prospects in all of college football. Recently, Kiper unveiled a new No. 1 player on his draft board — Ole Miss defensive standout Robert Nkimdeche — but there is also a very interesting name in the top three.

While the likes of Christian Hackenberg and Cardale Jones were receiving the attention leading up to the season, Kiper has a different quarterback ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect.

That signal-caller is none other than Cal’s Jared Goff.

Kiper wrote, “Goff is putting on a show so far this year, separating himself from critiques that say the system creates the QB at Cal.

“Goff has a hose when he wants to really cut it loose, is able to drill the ball down the field and into tight windows with ease, and he has effective movement skills and anticipation for a player with good length who seems to see the whole field. He can also move defenders with his eyes pretty well and will continue to get better.”

That is pretty high praise from Kiper.

There is no denying the fact that Goff has been dominating his opponents throughout the first three weeks of the season, but it will be interesting to see whether he is able to continue playing at such a high level for the duration of the year.

Only time will tell, but for now, it appears that Goff could be in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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