The son of a former major league ballplayer is the new face of L.A. Jerry Goff had just one hit in Los Angeles during his six-year career: a home run at Dodger Stadium as a rookie with the Expos in 1990. With no scheduled picks until the fourth round after this splash, the Rams sure hope the younger Goff produces more in Tinseltown, and odds are he will. Since taking over under center at Cal as a freshman in 2013 the Bay-area native has shown he can be a man in the spotlight, capping his career last season with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns good for an all-Pac 12 first-team selection. His ability to be remarkably accurate with deep throws (completing 43.8 percent of his passes downfield) is a definite plus. “I’m taking it as an honor,” Goff said. “I’m going to have to prove them right, that they made the right decision.”
2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland)
Carson Wentz, QB., North Dakota St.
Wentz chose Jason Aldean’s “Fly Over States” as the song he walked on stage in Chicago. Perhaps he flew a tad under the radar playing for the Bison, but at 6-5, 237 pounds he has the ability to make a big impact in the NFL. Wentz ran a pro-style offense in Fargo, passing for 17 touchdowns and running for six.
3. San Diego
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Third member of his family to go in the first round, following dad John (16th overall in 1987) and uncle Eric Kumerow (16th overall in 1988). Bosa brings rare combination of strength against the run and a constant presence in the backfield. Named Big Ten lineman of the year despite only five sacks.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The 6-foot, 225-pound tank won the pre-draft red carpet walk with his half-shirt look under his suit coat. But on the field he’s the whole package. Capped his college career with a 149-yard effort and four touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
A player with impact from the start, becoming first Florida State freshman cornerback to start the season opener since Deion Sanders. Saw time at both corner and safety to start before settling at corner as a junior. Also an elite jumper, winning the ACC indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 2015.
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Loads of experience after choosing to stay in school after his junior season that included all 13 starts. Didn’t hurt his stock last fall, earning second-team All-America. A durable, intelligent player who saw time at both right and left tackle in South Bend. Uses long arms to his advantage.
7. San Francisco
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Definitely passes the eye test, at 6-7, 291 pounds and has the production with 163 tackles over the past two seasons. Will play with his fist in the dirt at Levis Stadium, generating top-end production by combining power and athletic traits. Named Pac-12 defensive player of the year.
8. Tennessee (from Cle. via Phi.)
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Success story continues. Conklin received zero FBS offers out of high school and joined the Spartans as a preferred walk-on. He eventually earned a scholarship as a redshirt freshman, and was an All-America selection last season acting as primary blocker for QB Connor Cook.
9. Chicago (from Tampa Bay)
Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
A long, lean pass rusher who will thrill fans in the Windy City. Led the Bulldogs in sacks for three straight years while also causing trouble on the line of scrimmage when left unblocked. Fierce from sideline to sideline. Was a Butkus Award finalist last season.
10. N.Y. Giants
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Knows how to make his name known. As a redshirt freshman during Buckeyes’ title run two years ago, the 6-1 star intercepted Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to seal the championship. Finished his final college season with 33 tackles, one interception and eight pass break-ups.
11. Tampa Bay (from Chicago)
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
A three-time All-SEC selection, Hargreaves also racked up multiple all-America honors after finished the last two seasons with seven interceptions and 17 pass break-ups. Makes up for less-than-ideal 5-10 height with good speed and instincts. Not afraid to deliver a hit but will have to learn to deal with NFL size receivers.
12. New Orleans
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Presented problems both interior and outside blockers on Louisville’s three-man front. Picked up 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season. Big frame will be a fit in any system, especially with his quick feet and explosive push. Impressed at the combine in all fascets for a large man.
13. Miami (from Philadelphia)
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
One of the most unreal draft-day stories of all-time. Tunsil’s official Twitter account posted video of someone — possibly Tunsil — smoking what appeared to be marijuana minutes before the first pick was announced. Tops on many draft boards his stock tumbled, some speculating he lost $7million to $10 million.
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Looking to rebound from a non-contact knee injury that caused him to miss half of his senior season. Before the injury, he led the nation in interceptions (five) after four weeks. He’s definitely a playmaker and the college team caption could be the one to replace Charles Woodson in the Bay.
15. Cleveland (from Tenn. via LA)
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver after leading the country with 20 touchdown receptions and 1,363 receiving yards. Missed the Bears’ bowl game after hernia surgery, but he opted for the procedure to ensure his readiness for the NFL season.
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The fourth Buckeyes player to go in the first round has good height (6-7) and size (310 pounds) to protect Matthew Stafford at Ford Field. Many scouts report a natural leadership instinct on and off the field. Was a three-year starter in Columbus.
Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Mised the first two games of last season because of a hamstring injury but made up for it with 96 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks, and one interception alongside fellow early NFL entry, No. 11 pick Hargreaves. His size, athleticism and hitting are good as any.
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
Tenacious leader and three-year starter for highly successful Alabama program who was also SEC scholar-athlete of the year. He has the necessary skill set and football intelligence to step in and challenge for a starting position right away.
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Morphed into an All-America player after patiently waiting as a backup for two seasons. Lawson’s frame (6-3, 270-pounds) and game (12.5 sacks) are easily translatable to the NFL.
20. N.Y. Jets
Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
His 6-1, 232-pound size doesn’t scream NFL linebacker, but Ohio State knows how to churn out players, and this is the latest example. Attacked the line of scrimmage for 4.5 sacks last season. If he gets bigger, he will find a spot in a starting situation.
21. Houston (from Washington)
Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Named the Fighting Irish team MVP with 62 receptions for 1,258 yards and 14 TDs last season. Concern heading into the draft was his bouts of dropped passes. But the Texans moved up to pick the speedy receiver, so they believe in his abilities.
22. Washington (from Houston)
Josh Doctson, WR., TCU
Highly productive receiver with good height who finished with a school-record 79 catches for 1,337 yards and 14 scores last season. At 6-2 he’s tall but needs to add more muscle to deal with the next level.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Good height (6-2) and overall length with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Smart receiver with a competitive edge when the ball is in the air. Finished last season with 82 catches, 1,153 yards, and 11 scores as a Biletnikoff Award finalist one year after a broken fibula.
William Jackson III, DB, Houston
Tall cornerbacks with length who can run and play the football are usually in high demand, and that could be the case for Jackson. He tweaked a knee during 2015, but started 12 of 13 games and finished with five interceptions and 23 pass breakups.
Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Flourished in 2015, intercepting six passes (most by a Miami player since Sean Taylor had 10 in 2003) and breaking up five others. Burns has length, speed, ball skills and abundant potential.
26. Denver (from Seattle)
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
John Elway and the Super Bowl champs moved up to get their quarterback via draft and not trade. The 6-7 Lynch has a big arm and tons of athleticism. Opened many eyes with a 39-for-53, 386-yard, three-touchdown performance against Ole Miss that helped the Tigers to an 8-0 start.
27. Green Bay
Kenny Clark, NT, UCLA
Clark finished second on the Bruins in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) despite lining up in the interior. Also showed a knack for batting down passes, breaking up five on the year. Size (6-3, 314 pounds) is a concern for the position.
28. San Francisco (from Kansas City)
Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
The power run blocker was the Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s top lineman last year. Second straight year a Stanford offensive lineman has been drafted in the first round.
Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
Good quickness and speed for a guy nearly 300 pounds. Off-the-field issues and character questions come along with this tantalizing talent. Third Ole Miss player taken in the first round, all from the same recruiting class.
Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
Strong hands enables him to control double teams. First-team All-Conference USA last season. Had 23.5 tackles for loss in his last two seasons. The last Louisiana Tech player drafted in the first round was receiver Troy Edwards in 1999.
31. Seattle (from Denver)
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Massive 6-6, 324-pound tackle who some predict will play guard at the next level. A move inside combined with NFL coaching could unlock Ifedi’s high ceiling. It’s the fourth straight year a Texas A&M offensive lineman was selected in the first round.
Compiled by Brian Stensaas
Some information provided by the Associated Press and nfl.com