Rams take quarterback Goff with first pick of draft

Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:29am EDT
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By Michael Hirtzer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Quarterbacks went one-two at Thursday's NFL Draft as the Los Angeles Rams took Jared Goff with the first pick, and the Philadelphia Eagles followed suit by naming signal caller Carson Wentz with the second choice.

It was the third time in the past five years that quarterbacks were taken with the first two picks of the National Football League Draft, a testament to the league's more wide open, pass-happy thrust with rules tailored to bolster scoring and foster player safety.

For the Rams and their new quarterback it was a California dream come true.

The California native and three-year starter at University of California, Berkeley, will be a face of the franchise when it returns to Los Angeles after 21 seasons in St. Louis.

“Just truly a dream come true,” Goff, 21, said.

The Rams traded up to take the 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) Goff, dealing numerous later-round picks to the Tennessee Titans earlier this month to acquire the first overall selection.

“I’m taking it as an honor and I’m going to have to prove them right, that they made the right decision,” said Goff, who last season set Pac-12 conference records for passing yards and touchdowns.

Wentz, 23, a rugged 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) quarterback who led North Dakota State to two successive conference titles, showed off his strong, accurate arm and toughness by coming back from a broken right wrist to play in their championship game.   Continued...

Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Jared Goff (California) greets NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports