Jared Goff intends to apply for early entry into 2016 NFL Draft

Cal quarterback Jared Goff showed he has little if anything left to prove at the college level Tuesday in dispatching Air Force with a career-best performance, and on Thursday, the junior confirmed he will apply for early eligibility into the 2016 NFL Draft.

Goff said he received feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and that it was split between a first- and second-round projection.

Goff is among the most prolific passing talents in college football, with more than 10,000 yards over three years as a starter. He has a quick release, moves well in the pocket and reads defenses effectively.

Former Oakland Raiders scout Bruce Kebric said recently that he expects Goff to be a top-five pick in the first round of the draft, while another scout likened his skills to those of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Goff is the second junior quarterback to announce he'll apply for early draft entry -- Memphis' Paxton Lynch declared earlier on Thursday that he intends to enter the draft. Kebric said Goff was his No. 2 prospect behind Lynch, and Thursday's announcements set the stage for what could be a very intriguing draft-season competition between the two QBs.

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