Former Cal Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff was a virtual lock to be the top quaterback in the upcoming NFL Draft some months back, but recent comments from scouts suggest that may not end up being the case.
In a report by Mark Eckel of NJ.com, one AFC scout said that he didn’t like Goff “at all” for a number of reasons.
“People out there love this guy, we don’t,”the scout said. “We don’t like him at all. He looks the part and all. But there’s just something about him that turns me off. Maybe it’s the slender build, or the small hands. I mean we’re not taking a quarterback early, but if we were it wouldn’t be him.”
Another scout cited Goff’s 13-23 record as Cal’s starter as a reason to not draft him and compared him to Jay Cutler. Another mentioned Goff’s smaller hands as something that could prevent him from throwing the ball in bad weather. Once a favorite pick, Goff’s stock has definitely fallen since the NFL Scouting Combine.
Despite all of that, however, there’s little to suggest that either Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz will be the first quarterback selected next month. Yes, Goff has his issues, but is still one of the more pro-ready quarterbacks in the draft, at least compared to guys like Paxton Lynch and Cardale Jones.
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