In 2017, the entire Rams roster experienced an incredible turnaround under first-year head coach Sean McVay. But perhaps the most impressive year-to-year development came from quarterback Jared Goff, who recorded 3,804 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions.
And while his stat line from 2017 was significant enough, many outside of the building expect Goff to be even better in 2018 — as evident from his first career appearance on the NFL's Top 100 List.
The annual ranking system is determined by current NFL players and is based on an athlete's projected
performance for the next season. At No. 38, the Cal product became the fifth Ram to be named to the list, joining teammates Andrew Whitworth (No. 87), Marcus Peters (No. 79), Ndamukong Suh (No. 61) and Aqib Talib (No. 53).
Last season, Goff developed as a true leader on the Rams offense, effectively distributing the ball to a wide variety of receivers, while appearing more poised and confident on field. Not only did he finish with the league's fifth-highest passer rating (100.5), but he also led the NFL with 12.9 yards per completion.
In his second year under McVay's guidance and flanked by familiar faces at several different positions, Goff is projected to continue his development into one of the league's brightest young quarterbacks.
The NFL Network will continue to air its "Top 100 Players of 2018" series every week, leading up to the final 10 athletes on Monday, June 25. Episodes will air live on NFL Network every Monday at 8 p.m. ET.
Fans can see the full list as it is revealed week-by-week, and can read the full analysis of each ranking at NFL.com/top100.