Goff ready for the pressure in Los Angeles


Jared Goff is ready to carry the pressure of being the franchise quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams after being taken with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Rams did what everyone expected on Thursday by taking California quarterback Goff after trading a plethora of picks to the Tennessee Titans to get from 15 to the number one spot this month.

He will now have the burden of being the face of the organisation in one of America's biggest sporting markets in Los Angeles as the Rams aim to end a playoff drought that stretches back to 2004.

But Goff said: "I'm taking it as an honour and I'm going to have to prove them right, that they made the right decision.

"If you're a first-round quarterback, there's going to be pressure regardless. I'm very excited, very ready to go, ready for the challenge."

Carson Wentz was taken second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles following their jump from number eight to two prior to the draft.

The often volatile environment of Lincoln Financial Field promises to provide a stark contrast to the one Wentz played in as his days as North Dakota State quarterback.

However, like Goff he is undeterred by pressure, saying: "I'm just thankful for the support. The people back home in North Dakota have supported me all through my college career and now through this journey, it's been unbelievable. I can't thank them enough.

"And to these new fans back in Philly, it's exciting. I'm going to hopefully earn their respect and win a lot of ball games for them."