Quarterback Jared Goff is breaking records left and right at Cal. Though he holds the No. 2 spot for Pac-12 quarterbacks' pass efficiency rating (No. 1 is Cody Kessler of USC), it has been hard to ignore the NFL buzz surrounding Goff.
On Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board, Goff is listed as the third-best prospect and the only quarterback in the top 10.
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ESPN.com's Brock Huard isn't quite as sold on Goff as Kiper. In his quarterback power rankings ($) he put Goff at No.5 and wrote that he's "not overwhelmed with Goff's physical skill set. But he's talented and could easily be a first-round pick in the draft off what could be a 4,000-yard, 35-touchdown season."
Through four games Goff has thrown for 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns, so he's on track to hit that 35 touchdown mark. Depending on how some game plans shake out, he could also hit that 4,000-yard mark.
Dane Brugler predicted Goff as the No. 2 pick overall, heading to the Chicago Bears, in NFLDraftScout.com's recent mock draft. Brugler wrote that the biggest priority for the Bears is finding a way out of their contract with Jay Cutler so that they can go after Goff in the 2016 NFL draft.
The Bears are currently locked into a long-term deal with Jay Cutler, but if they're able to find a way out of that contract, Goff should be priority number one in the draft. The Cal passer might not have elite physical tools, but he's off-the-charts above the neck.
Profootballfocus.com ranked Goff as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the Pac-12 after leading Cal to a 4-0 start.