L.A. Rams’ Fisher ecstatic after picking Cal QB Goff with top overall pick

The Los Angeles Rams used the first overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday selecting California quarterback Jared Goff. He becomes the face of a franchise back in the City of Angels for the first time in 22 seasons. The Rams called St. Louis home for 22 years. They were L.A.’s first pro team calling Los Angeles and Anaheim home from 1946 to 1994 prior to the move east.

Goff is the 22nd quarterback taken with the first overall pick in the common draft era (since 1967) and the first Cal quarterback to land in the first round since the Green Bay Packers took Aaron Rodgers at No. 24 in 2005.

In choosing Goff, the Rams are hoping he’ll be able to take over quarterback group that ranks last in the NFL in Total QBR since 2007. The Rams haven’t had a quarterback go to the Pro Bowl since Marc Bulger in 2006. The Rams bottomed out at the position in 2015 and ranked last in the league in passing yards (2,805), QBR (35.6), yards per attempt (6.2) and passing touchdowns (11).

At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Goff was the starter for the Cal Golden Bears for three seasons rewriting the Cal record books with more completions, passing yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in school history. He threw for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2015 and owns 26 school records.

He excelled in Cal’s “Bear Raid” spread offense in which he spent more than 99 percent of his time taking snaps out of the shotgun. That means he’ll have an adjustment to make upon arrival in Los Angeles, as the Rams were in shotgun or pistol formation on fewer plays than any other team last season.

To hear from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and the top pick Jared Goff, click on Eric Geller’s video report from Rams draft headquarters.

L.A. Clippers’ bench bonded by Bruins

(L to R) Ryan Hollins Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are the UCLA Bruins on the L.A. Clippers roster.
(L to R) Ryan Hollins, Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are the UCLA Bruins on the L.A. Clippers roster.

The “baby blue” UCLA pipeline to the NBA is a well-traveled one with 15 Bruins currently on NBA rosters entering the upcoming season – the most of any college program.

In fact, UCLA has delivered the most players to the NBA with Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA 2012-’13) being the 83rd Bruin headed to the show this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves where he’ll team up with another  former Bruin, Kevin Love (UCLA 2007) .

A third of all the currently active Bruin alums in the Association reside, appropriately enough, in Los Angeles.

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UCLA Spring Showcase does so for Bruins fans

The annual Blue & White game capped the UCLA Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl. photo: Eric Geller
The annual Blue & White game capped the UCLA Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl.
photo: Eric Geller

The UCLA football team ended its spring workouts at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this past Saturday at the annual Spring Showcase.

The showcase really didn’t accomplish much to propel the Bruins as the odds on favorite to repeat as PAC-12 Southern Division Champions, maybe winning the conference outright and earning a trip to a BCS game.

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UCLA freshman Muhammad declares for June NBA Draft.

Here’s my recent post on examiner.com.

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is going pro. courtesy: AP
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is going pro.
courtesy: AP

Like Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday and Trevor Ariza before him, Shabazz Muhammad joined the “one-hit wonder club” of the UCLA men’s basketball team.

As expected, since arriving in Westwood last year as a member of the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class, Muhammad, the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year on Tuesday announced he’s elected to forego his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

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