The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday selected University of California, Berkeley, quarterback Jared Goff No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL draft.
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"I'm ready to go, I'm ready to make a difference," Goff said on the NFL Network to fans of his new team, moments after being picked.
See the full list of first-round selections below.
Even in a year when the quarterbacks didn't appear to be slam-dunk naturals to make it big in the NFL, that's where the focus was at the start of the draft Thursday night in Chicago. The Rams and Eagles mortgaged a whole chunk of their futures with huge deals to get the top two selections.
The Rams grabbed Goff with the first choice in the draft, and their first choice as the Los Angeles Rams since the 1994 season. The Eagles then selected North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
The ceremony began with a tribute to Prince. The NFL showed the musician's 2007 Super Bowl halftime show in the rain in Miami, drawing a loud cheer from some early arriving fans. Prince was found dead in his Minnesota home on April 21.
Hall of Famers such as Bruce Smith, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka and Marshall Faulk are among 32 former players who will announce picks in the second round of the draft on Friday.
First Round Draft Picks:
LOS ANGELES: Jared Goff
PHILADELPHIA: Carson Wentz
SAN DIEGO: Joey Bosa
DALLAS: Ezekiel Elliott
JACKSONVILLE: Jalen Ramsey
BALTIMORE: Ronnie Stanley
SAN FRANCISCO: DeForest Buckner
TENNESSEE: Jack Conklin
CHICAGO: Leonard Floyd
NEW YORK GIANTS: Eli Apple
TAMPA BAY: Vernon Hargreaves
NEW ORLEANS: Sheldon Rankins
MIAMI: Laremy Tunsil
OAKLAND: Karl Joseph
CLEVELAND: Corey Coleman
DETROIT: Taylor Decker
ATLANTA: Keanu Neal
INDIANAPOLIS: Ryan Kelly
BUFFALO: Shaq Lawson
NEW YORK JETS: Darron Lee
WASHINGTON: Josh Doctson
CINCINNATI: William Jackson
PITTSBURGH: Artie Burns
SEATTLE: Gaermain Ifedi
GREEN BAY: Kenny Clark
NEW ENGLAND (Forfeited)
ARIZONA: Robert Nkemdiche
CAROLINA: Vernon Butler
DENVER: Paxton Lynch
Get the AP's mock draft picks here.
Recent NFL Draft History
The first choice in the last 10 NFL drafts with player, team, position and college:
- 2015 — Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay, QB, Florida State.
- 2014 — Jadeveon Clowney, Houston, DE, South Carolina.
- 2013 — Eric Fisher, Kansas City, OT, Central Michigan.
- 2012 — Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, QB, Stanford.
- 2011 — Cam Newton, Carolina, QB, Auburn.
- 2010 — Sam Bradford, St. Louis, QB, Oklahoma.
- 2009 — Matthew Stafford, Detroit, QB, Georgia.
- 2008 — Jake Long, Miami, OT, Michigan.
- 2007 — JaMarcus Russell, Oakland, QB, LSU.
- 2006 — Mario Williams, Houston, DE, N.C. State.