The results are in from Niner Noise’s fan poll, and the No. 1 pick from our San Francisco 49ers fans was Cal quarterback Jared Goff.
In case you missed it, Niner Noise recently posted a fan poll for San Francisco 49ers fans to vote and voice opinions on which player the team should select in Round 1 of the upcoming 2016 NFL draft.
The article and poll can be found here, but we wanted to hear from you in advance of the 49ers gearing up to spend the No. 7 overall pick in the draft on a prospect to help revamp and reinforce a roster in need of talent.
Out of the given options, Cal quarterback Jared Goff came away as the clear winner — netting 32 percent of all votes.
Note: the poll is still live on the original article, and numbers may change slightly.
Outside linebacker Myles Jack ranked in second, with 23 percent of the votes. And Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, who Niner Noise staff writer Rich Madrid would like to see in San Francisco, came in at No. 3 with 12 percent of voters’ selections.
Goff has been a widely mocked target for San Francisco in this year’s draft. Three out of five CBS Sports draft panelists currently mock Goff to the 49ers, while the other two tabbed North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz to San Francisco at No. 7.
CBS Sports’ Rob Rang made the easy connection between the Niners and the Bay Area product by writing, “adding the popular Bay Area product (who grew up a 49ers fan) seems too easy of a solution at the game’s most important position. Most important to Kelly’s scheme is anticipation and accuracy – two of Goff’s best attributes.”
Yet not all 49ers fans who participated in the poll are sold on the idea.
TJMill posted within the comments on the initial post:
Goff isn’t a franchise QB and isn’t worth drafting to be a franchise quarterback (top-10 pick). His eye-popping numbers were a product of Cal’s spread offensive system — and quarterbacks from that system have had a lot of trouble learning and adjusting to the NFL game — and his inability to show up in big games (eight touchdowns, eight interceptions combined against Utah, USC, Oregon and Stanford) is a major red flag. Goff also isn’t a winner, going 14-23 in his three-year career. Another thing to note: Kelly’s system is predicated on the zone-read running game which Goff isn’t suited for.
It’s likely a number of Niner fans feel the same way about Goff.
Still, the 49ers’ decision here will hinge largely on what happens with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and, to a lesser extent, Blaine Gabbert.
That development remains in limbo, but any transactions — or lack thereof — will influence San Francisco’s eventual decision at No. 7.