Being the No. 1 overall pick in any NFL Draft is a tough challenge. Especially when a team like the Rams gave up so much to move up and grab him.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff might want to forget his rookie season — a year in which he posted a lowly 54.5 completion percentage, five touchdowns against seven interceptions and a measly passer rating of 63.6.
In fairness, the Rams were going through a lot at the time. They had just moved to L.A. and would eventually fire their head coach, Jeff Fisher.
The scenario is vastly different in 2017. Sean McVay, the former offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, is in town as head coach. And the Rams added multiple weapons for Goff’s use — rookies Gerald Everett and Cooper Kupp, as well as making a trade for former Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins.
Alden Gonzalez of ESPN described the two-year contrast:
"Nobody really knows what to expect from Goff in his second season. He struggled so much as a rookie — 54.6 percent completion percentage, 5.3 yards per attempt, 22.2 Total QBR — but he also had so little to work with. The offensive line was bad, the receiving corps was underwhelming, the running game was nonexistent and the coaching staff was devoid of experience grooming NFL quarterbacks. By the end of this year, though, we should finally have a much better feel for who Goff is — because he finally has a chance to succeed."
This is why Goff is at the bottom of this list for the NFC West, though. He has yet to prove anything and remains an X-factor for, so far, all the wrong reasons.
Needless to say, 2017 is going to be a very important year for the former Cal product.