You gotta be tough to play quarterback in Cleveland.
Jared Goff seems to fit the bill.
The former Cal quarterback told Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback he's not afraid of the prospect of playing in Cleveland, but actually excited.
With the No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns sit in a perfect position to draft the franchise quarterback of the future. Many draftniks have slated Goff as the Browns' most likely selection.
Goff likes the idea of becoming the face of a franchise.
In his interview with the 6'4, 215 pound prospect, King asked: "How about the specter of getting selected by Cleveland, which has the second overall pick? Cleveland’s the place quarterbacks go to die."
"I’m not worried about it. I’m excited about it. Whatever team I go to, I’ll be excited to go. I want to be the future of a franchise. I think I can be a guy who can make an impact right away."
King states the truth, quarterbacks come to Cleveland to languish on terrible teams. But Goff does not sound like a quarterback ready to accept mediocrity.
Goff's game has many strengths, though poise in the pocket and accuracy might be Goff's best traits. As King noted, Goff's completion rate improved from 60.4% in 2013 to 62.1% in 2014 to 64.5% last season.
"I think my accuracy is as good as it gets at this level," said Goff. "I think my pocket presence and my ability to extend plays speak for themselves. I’m confident I’ll be the best quarterback in the draft."
Former Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley is training Goff for the upcoming NFL Combine. Goff will be competing with Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State and Paxton Lynch out of Memphis for a team to select him first in the draft.
A spread quarterback, Goff threw for 43 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 2015. Scouts see his size and accuracy transferring to success in a pro style NFL offense.
New Browns head coach Hue Jackson has previously said positive things about Goff.
"I have never met Jared, but I'm sure that will happen at some point soon,'' Jackson told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. "There are some things I've heard and some things that I know. Again, I coached at Cal, so I do know quite a few people that are still there and again the guy's been a sensational player at Cal. But just like all the rest of the guys in this process, we'll evaluate them all and see how it turns out.''
Perhaps the process will lead to the selection of Goff, a quarterback who could fit perfectly with the Browns in Cleveland.