CBS Sports has ranked the No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft this century, so where does Jared Goff land?
Before the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams traded up to No. 1 overall and selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff. Five years later, he was of course sent to the Detroit Lions in the Matthew Stafford trade.
Goff is also the last first-round pick the Rams made, and they won’t have a first-round pick again until 2024 due to sending their 2022 and 2023 first-rounders to Detroit in the Stafford deal.
Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports has ranked the No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft thus far in the 21st century, before the 2022 draft starts Thursday night. Those 22 players of course include Goff, the first overall pick in 2016.
Eli Manning, the No. 1 overall pick in 2004 with two Super Bowl rings, lands at No. 1. Stafford, No. 1 overall by the Lions in 2009 of course, comes in at a lofty No. 3. The first seven, and eight of the first 10, are quarterbacks. Of the 22 total, 16 are quarterbacks and the other six are either those who were charged with protecting the passer (Jake Long, Eric Fisher) or getting after him (Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Mario Williams, Courtney Brown).
Jared Goff a top-10 No. 1 overall pick of the 21st century?
There’s Goff, at No. 10 on the list. He has played in a Super Bowl, with a 3-3 postseason record. He has a 45-37-1 regular season record as a starter (42-27 with the Rams), with two regular seasons where he has had at least 28 touchdown passes and a passer rating over 100 (2017 and 2018). He led the league with 626 pass attempts in 2019.
Goff’s place as the 10th-best No. 1 overall pick so far this century is rooted in who we see behind him. JaMarcus Russell, David Carr and Courtney Brown would land somewhere on many all-time draft busts lists. Trevor Lawrence is only one year in, and Joe Burrow is two years in (albeit with a Super Bowl appearance already). Others (Baker Mayfield, Sam Bradford, Jadeveon Clowney, Kyler Murray) have mixed resumes.
Goff also has a mixed resume, but he presumably edges out Mayfield, Murray and Bradford based on that Super Bowl appearance. In the middle of the pack, at best in practically any ranking, is where Goff belongs. The ranking of No. 1 overall picks thus far in the 21st century is no different.