Scout: Jared Goff would be one of first two QBs drafted in 2016


There's been plenty of buzz about Cal quarterback Jared Goff this season, and it's not stopping heading into the Golden Bears' matchup against USC on Saturday.

"I think he's going to be a pretty solid first-round pick," an NFL scout told The Los Angeles Times. "He'd be one of the first two QBs taken in this year's draft if he were to come out."

As a junior, Goff faces a decision on whether to enter the 2016 NFL Draft or return for his senior season with Cal. There was no indication in the Times' story that the scout hinted or revealed the quarterback that he foresees going ahead of Goff.

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reported that a college coach said he was told by five NFL scouts that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is likely to be the first quarterback selected next year. Like Goff, Lynch is a junior who faces the decision of whether to stay or go.

The Times also spoke to scouts about USC Cody Kessler, a senior, and one placed him a tier below Goff.

"Obviously, they've had some issues there this year and it's been tough for all those kids, but he's a notch down (compared to Goff) across the board," the scout said. "Totally different ceiling on those two guys.

"You've got to give him credit for doing a good job of protecting the football."

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein had an up-close look at Goff and Kessler last week. He wrote that Goff "will have checks in most of the boxes NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback," and noted that Kessler's poise, or lack thereof, could be a real concern for teams at the next level.

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