Cal’s Jared Goff Is Top Pick in NFL Draft

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Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears in action against the Grambling State Tigers at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Quarterback Jared Goff became the second California Golden Bear to be draft number one in the NFL draft, joining  Steve Bartkowski in 1975. The newly relocated Los Angeles Rams traded six picks to move up to get the number one overall pick and nab Goff.

Goff, from Novato, broke 26 passing records at Cal, including passing yards (12,220) and passing touchdowns (96). He led the Golden Bears to a brief national ranking last season before finishing 8-5 and winning a late-December bowl game. Goff also holds nearly every passing record from his time at Marin Catholic High.

Being drafted first overall brings a lot of pressure and is no guarantee of professional success. Since 1970, eight quarterbacks selected first overall have played in Super Bowls. That includes Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, who played college ball at Louisiana Tech and won four titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Troy Aikman, a UCLA grad who won three championships with the Dallas Cowboys.

The others are Jim Plunkett (Stanford-Oakland Raiders), John Elway (Stanford-Denver Broncos), Drew Bledsoe (Washington State-New England Patriots), Peyton Manning (Tennessee-Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos), Eli Manning (Mississippi-New York Giants) and Cam Newton (Auburn-Carolina Panthers).