Rams take quarterback Goff with first pick of draft

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 8:17 PM

By Michael Hirtzer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Quarterback Jared Goff was taken by the Los Angeles Rams with the first pick in Thursday's NFL Draft and the Philadelphia Eagles followed suit by naming signal caller Carson Wentz with the second choice.

The 21-year-old Goff, who stands 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) with a strong arm and is mobile in the pocket, was a three-year starter at University of California, Berkeley, and last season set Pac-12 conference records for passing yards and touchdowns.

"It's exciting, an unreal experience," Goff said. "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to make a difference."

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.

"I'm happy to be an Eagle," said Wentz. "I'm bringing it. They're getting a passionate player. I'm pumped to be an Eagle and ready to go to work."

The Rams and Eagles both traded up to get their quarterbacks of the future as the National Football League has become increasingly pass-happy with rules tailored to foster a more wide-open game.

It was the third time in the past five years that quarterbacks went one-two in the first round.

The Rams, who were third in the NFL West with a 7-9 record, were initially slotted for the 15th selection but sent a passel of picks to the Tennessee Titans (3-13) to move up to the number one overall choice in advance of their first season back in Los Angeles after 21 campaigns in St Louis.

In snaring California native Goff, the Rams gave up the No. 15 pick as well as two second-round picks, a third-round pick and first and third-round picks next year, while receiving the Titans' fourth and sixth-round picks this year.

The 7-9 Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall choice in a trade with the Cleveland Browns (3-13), who received Philadelphia's No. 8 overall pick, a third and fourth-round selection in this draft, next year's first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2018.

The San Diego Chargers broke the quarterback chain by taking Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the third pick and the Dallas Cowboys followed by claiming Ohio State's dynamic running back Ezekiel Elliott.

(Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue/Andrew Both)