Jared Goff may ultimately become one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2016 NFL draft, but Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford had even higher praise for the gunslinger from Cal.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman notes Bedford compared Goff to reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
Bedford said of Goff: "This is Aaron Rodgers. He's the real deal. This young man is exceptional."
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 16, 2015
That’s not the first time someone has compared Goff to Rodgers. Head on over to the Google machine and simply search “Rodgers Goff” if you need confirmation.
Nevertheless, the connection is inevitable. Rodgers spent two seasons as the starter at Cal, tossing 43 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions and completing 63.8 percent of his passes. After a well-known tumble down the first round of the 2005 NFL draft, Rodgers eventually wound up with the Green Bay Packers and served as Brett Favre’s backup.
The rest, as they say, is history. Rodgers is now considered the best quarterback in the NFL—and deservedly so.
As for Goff, the 2015 campaign marks his third year lining up under center for the Golden Bears. Last season, he racked up 35 touchdowns, only threw seven interceptions and garnered a tremendous amount of hype. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports projected Goff will be the first quarterback off the board.
Just look at this throw.
Goff’s eventual draft position is still a few months away, but Bedford only has a couple more days to prepare for the potential No. 1 quarterback.
Considering Texas allowed a 19-of-22, 313-yard, three-touchdown, zero-interception performance to Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire, Goff’s numbers might be even scarier in the pass-happier Cal offense.