Jared Goff was considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects coming into the Armed Forces Bowl today against Air Force. But with six touchdown passes the California QB could have cemented himself as a top five pick and the first quarterback taken.
Goff was 25/37 for 467 yards along with the six touchdown passes to three different receivers. Kenny Lawler was his favorite target with three touchdown grabs. The junior QB will end his career in Berkley with the Pac-12 record for single season touchdown passes, 43. Touchdown passes have been his specialty. In November Goff torched Oregon State for six touchdowns and lit up Arizona State for five two weeks later. In thirteen games this season Goff threw for at least three touchdowns in seven games. He never threw for less than two in each game.
With the win in the Armed Forces Bowl Cal improves to 8-5
Goff will likely declare for the 2016 NFL draft now that the season is over. His biggest competition in the draft is Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. Both quarterbacks are thought to be picked early in the first round. Lynch sat atop some mock drafts earlier this year after the Tigers upset Ole Miss earlier this year. Michigan State Connor Cook could jump to the top of the draft if the Spartans can make some noise in the College Football Playoff and upset Alabama. The Browns or 49ers could pick a quarterback in the top 5 picks and depending on how the rest of the bowl games, combine and private workouts go the QB ratings could fluctuate until the draft in late April.