Goff: pick by Rams a 'dream come true'

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The Los Angeles Rams' No.1 draft pick, quarterback Jared Goff, said he's eager to face the challenge of the NFL game. (KABC)

An eager Jared Goff met the Los Angeles media on Friday, saying he was looking forward to getting on the football field and winning games with the Rams.

The Rams used their No. 1 pick to take Goff in Thursday's NFL draft. The Northern California native set PAC-12 single-season records in passing yards and touchdowns last season with Cal.

"It's a huge dream come true for me," Goff said. "And something you can't really put into words quite yet. It's awesome. The phone call last night is something I'll remember forever. The whole experience is very surreal."

At a Staples Center press conference, Goff held up his new blue-and-gold jersey, with number 16 on the back - the same number he wore at Cal in honor of Joe Montana.

He expects the toughest challenge in moving from the college game to the NFL will be the increased speed of the pro game.

"It's going to speed up more. The windows are going to be tighter and the receivers are going to be faster. Everybody's going to be moving faster."

"It's something I'm excited for and ready for the challenge."

Goff represents the second time in recent years the Rams used the top pick to take a quarterback they hoped would revitalize the franchise. It didn't work so well with Sam Bradford, who was drafted in 2010 and then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

Goff, a long-time Giants fan, was welcomed to Los Angeles by Dodgers star Yasiel Puig. Back in 2013, Goff tweeted "I really hope Yasiel Puig gets a fastball in his ribs tomorrow." But all was apparently forgiven, as Puig invited Goff to attend a Dodgers game and Goff said he would take him up on that offer.

Goff noted it's been a long interview process leading up to the draft, and he's eager to just start playing football again.

"I know being the 1 pick brings a lot of responsibility," Goff said. "It's something I'm ready for and very excited for, and ready to just get back to football."
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