Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff: Like Matthew Stafford, a No. 1 pick, but with playoff wins

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When we heard the trade talks were "hot and heavy," we had no idea hours later there would be a deal.

Alas, on Saturday night, the Detroit Lions appeased Matthew Stafford's request, sending the quarterback to the Los Angeles Rams for QB Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks (2022 and 2023) and a third-round selection this year.

So, goodbye to 12 years of Stafford's no-look rockets and toughness, and hello to ...

Jared Goff.

[ Stafford traded to LA Rams, NFL fans shocked at how much Lions get in return ]

Here's a quick primer on California-born-and-bred athlete:

California dreamin'

Not only has Goff been a pro out in L.A., joining the Rams right when the team returned to SoCal, but Goff was born Oct. 14, 1994, in Novato, California, and went to college at Cal-Berkley in the Pac 12.

Jared Goff missed the Rams' regular-season finale with a thumb injury on his throwing hand.
Jared Goff missed the Rams' regular-season finale with a thumb injury on his throwing hand.

Goff was in the Elite 11 QB class of 2012 — the best of the best in high school football across the country — along with not-so-household names like Christian Hackenberg, Joshua Dobbs and Malik Zaire.

Stafford 2.0?

Goff, like Stafford, skipped his senior year at Cal to enter the NFL draft. In 2016, he was the No. 1 overall pick by the Rams, who were deciding between he and Carson Wentz.

Brad Holmes, the Detroit Lions' new general manager, was the Rams' college director of scouting and helped the Rams pick Goff.

And, like Stafford, Goff seems pretty durable. Since being named the full-time starter at the start of the 2017 season, he has missed just two starts, including this season, where he missed just one game with a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

Both Jared Goff and John Wolford are both injured, LeRoy gives his opinion on who he thinks will start.
Both Jared Goff and John Wolford are both injured, LeRoy gives his opinion on who he thinks will start.

Show me the money

In 2019, Goff signed a four-year, $134 million extension that includes $110 million guaranteed that doesn't kick in until this year. At the time, that was the richest contract in NFL history before Patrick Mahomes' extension last year.

Once upon a time, Stafford had the biggest deal in the NFL. Now, it's 13th (if you don't include Cowboys QB Dax Prescott's situation). Goff's is fifth.

Playoff success

After Goff's rookie season, in which he started seven games and looked a bit overwhelmed at times, the Rams hired Sean McVay.

In McVay's first year, Goff was a Pro Bowl alternate and the Rams won the NFC West before losing to the Falcons in the wild card round.

In 2018, the Rams went 13-3, won the division again and beat the Cowboys and the Saints to reach Super Bowl 53. There, Goff and the Rams fell to Tom Brady's Patriots.

This past season, the Rams made their third trip to the postseason with Goff at QB, going 10-6 (they were 9-7 in 2019). Earlier this month, the Rams won a road playoff game, winning at Seattle in the wild card round. Their run ended in Green Bay, though, the next week.

In his genes

Jared Thomas Goff is the son of former major league catcher Jerry Goff. ... He is romantically linked to swimsuit model and actress Christen Harper. ... And speaking of acting, Goff was the star of the more memorable "This is SportsCenter" promos of recent years.

You remember "Coco Gauff!!! Tacko Fall!!!"

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions' Jared Goff: What to know about new starting quarterback