Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff survives his Pro Day
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns were on hand for Jared Goff’s Pro Day at Cal as the team continues to decide if there is a quarterback worth taking at No. 2 in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff – a rumored target of the Cleveland Browns at the 2016 NFL Draft – did his thing on Friday at Cal’s Pro Day and, by all accounts, came through the process in one piece.
The biggest news of the day was the revelation that Goff added one-eighth of an inch to his hand size since the NFL Scouting Combine in February, moving him that much closer to the preferred size that most teams are looking for, especially ones that play in cold weather.
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“Nine is kind of that magic number. You hit nine and you really don’t worry too much about it,” said NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah during NFL Network’s coverage of the event. “You get in the eights, and some teams, cold-weather teams specifically, will have that discussion. But I don’t worry about that with Jared Goff.”
Head coach Hue Jackson and Pep Hamilton, the team’s assistant head coach-offense, were in attendance, and Hamilton got in on the action by wetting down a football to test Goff’s aptitude and grip when dealing with a slick ball. Goff completed all of the passes with the wet ball, minus the lone pass dropped by his receiver.
While it is difficult to take too much from a Pro Day – after all, people who should know better raved about Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day and look how things turned out – Goff did earn praise for being willing to take on some difficult throws.
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“This was not a scripted winner. There weren’t just a bunch of lay-ups out there,” Jeremiah said. “… I would probably give him a B overall. On the deep ball, you saw some nice touch on a couple of them. He overthrew two, and one underthrow. So I thought it was a little bit mixed on the deep ball.
“But I like the fact that they were taking shots in this workout. If you wanted to see a couple pinpoint throws, he gave you that. It just wasn’t a flawless pro day. It was solid.”
The fact that Goff had a nice day shouldn’t really impact the Browns, good or bad, as they continue their evaluation process. Goff is still the same quarterback that finished his collegiate career completing 977 passes for 12,195 yards and 96 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 144. He also was the first true freshman in Cal history to start a season opener and is familiar with what it means to be the quarterback of a rebuilding team, which could be a check in his favor as the Browns start on their latest rebuilding project.
If the Browns decide against Goff they may select North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, who will have his Pro Day on March 24.
Wonder what tricks Jackson, Hamilton and the Browns will have in store for Wentz?
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