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A pick-by-pick analysis of the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. The Rams, who traded up to the top of the draft to select a quarterback, chose Goff over North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, who was selected second by the Eagles. Laremy Tunsil dropped down the draft board after a Twitter hack, and that was just the beginning of it. UCLA's Myles Jack fell out of the first round as questions surfaced about his injured knee.

Rams get their man in QB Jared Goff

California quarterback Jared Goff poses for photos after being selected first overall in the NFL draft by the Rams. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)
California quarterback Jared Goff poses for photos after being selected first overall in the NFL draft by the Rams. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

CHICAGO -- The Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

The Rams, who traded up to the top of the draft to select a quarterback, chose Goff over North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.

Goff, 21, was a three-year starter at California and helped turn around a program that won only one game his freshman season.

"They said, 'Are you ready to be an L.A. Ram?' " Goff told reporters after his selection. "I said, 'Absolutely.'

"There's going to be pressure no matter when you're picked in the first round. I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team."

Goff, 6 feet 4 and 218 pounds, is the second quarterback in seven years to be selected by the Rams with the top pick. They selected Sam Bradford at No. 1 in 2010.

Ironically, Bradford played a role in the Rams’ ability to trade to the top of the draft to select Goff.

In March 2015, the Rams swapped Bradford for quarterback Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles signed a $24.5-million extension and began last season as the Rams’ starter but was benched in favor of Case Keenum.

Equipped with an extra second-round pick from the Bradford trade – something no other suitor could offer -- the Rams and the Tennessee Titans worked out a deal to land what the Rams hope will be a franchise quarterback.

"I'm just excited, Goff added. "I think they're going to be proud of the decision they made."


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