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Jimmy Garoppolo | Quarterback

Team: Eastern Illinois Panthers
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 222

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Patriots selected Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Garoppolo (6-foot-2 1/4, 226) made 45 starts for the D-IAA Panthers, compiling a 23-22 record and eclipsing many of fellow former EIU quarterbacks Tony Romo and Sean Payton's passing marks. Garoppolo was voted FCS Player of the Year as a senior. A good athlete with average arm strength, Garoppolo was highly efficient in a quick-hitting college spread offense, but often struggled when pressured, lacks ideal hand size (9 1/4"), and will have to rework his lower-body mechanics. If Garoppolo is supposed to eventually take over for Tom Brady, the offense could focus on quick passes unless some major development takes place. May 9 - 9:26 PM

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Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo rates ahead of Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater on "some teams" draft boards, reports NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

"Possibility Garoppolo goes ahead of Bridgewater," Brandt tweeted, adding, "might be (making a) mistake." If it happened, the selection would be pilloried by more places than this section, but we'll take an early stab at it: Garoppolo is lauded for his quick release and quick decision making, but both were in part made possible by an extremely QB friendly system and a poor level of competition. When foes got in his face, he panicked. Even with all day to throw, his arm isn't strong enough to consistently make defenses pay over the top. Bridgewater, on the other hand, is more seasoned, far more accurate, far more poised, and has a better arm. But, y'know, he had a bad pro day.
Apr 30 - 2:18 AM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited the Browns on Friday.

Garoppolo has been preparing for the draft by working out with former Browns quarterback Ty Detmer. "He worked with me for about three days, and he just broke down the game for me," Garoppolo said. "He taught me things that I really had no clue about until he explained it. Then you're like, ‘Oh, why didn't I think about that a long time ago?' Just how the fronts and the linebackers tie into the coverages, how different offensive formations dictate coverages." The Browns are assured of coming out of at least Day 2 with a new QB, and Garoppolo could intrigue if they elect to bypass a signal-caller with both first-round picks. "He’s got some fire," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told Yahoo Sports. "[He] goes out and beats San Diego State, really had Northern Illinois on the ropes. I enjoyed following him through the year. Wanted to see him in person. It all checked out really well."
Apr 25 - 8:46 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is one of 30 prospects that accepted the NFL's invitation to attend next month's draft.

Garoppolo will join QBs Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) at the event. Pitt's Tom Savage declined an invite. Thirty prospects will attend the event officially, an NFL Draft record, and more than one is going to have to sit in the Green Room into Day 2. That might be awkward for them, but it'll make for outstanding television.
Apr 23 - 10:49 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited the Patriots earlier this week, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

New England has interestingly devoted at least three of their 30 in-house visits to quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to Garoppolo). Tom Brady, of course, turns 37 before the season, while the team's only other rostered QB, Ryan Mallett, is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. When he has a smooth target and an open primary receiver, Garoppolo will look like a first-rounder, getting the ball out super quickly and generally on the money. However, when the pass rush gets in his face, Garoppolo's play tends to disintegrate. If that was happening at a non-elite level of college football, in the happiest of spread/shotgun QB systems, we're curious why so many seem to believe it'll be coached away against far, far superior defenders.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 16 - 5:19 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited the Titans on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Titans are showing a lot of interest in quarterbacks, but the question is how early they might invest in the position. Plenty of good prospects will be available at No. 11, including Teddy Bridgewater, but Garoppolo could be had on the second day. Many love Garoppolo's quick release and quick decisions, but we think he panics.
Apr 15 - 11:52 AM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco "keeps hearing" that Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo will go in the first-round and believes, if true, that a team would be making "a big mistake."

The analyst believes Garoppolo is no more than a Rd. 3-4 developmental prospect. "I watched some Garoppolo tape last week and I saw a passer who has a quick release, a solid arm on medium throws, but a quarterback with a lot of questions," Prisco wrote. "Two things bothered me: He hops in the pocket and he seems to pat the ball a lot before making a throw. Are those fixable? Maybe. He also seems to feel pressure when it's not there and leave a good pocket at times." We're similarly concerned with Garoppolo's propensity to panic when his first read is covered. Quick!: How many good NFL starters can you name that share that quality?
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 6:52 PM

The Jaguars "really like" Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"He’d likely be there high in the second round when the Jags pick again, at 39," King said of Garoppolo. The respected writer has heard that the Texans, Jaguars, Browns and Raiders "are strongly considering passing on quarterbacks with their first picks and waiting until their second or third selections." This line of thinking somewhat mimics the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, but it could be difficult to find a quarterback who limits turnovers to go along with a strong running game and stout defense. Garoppolo, in fact, has issues with poise in the pocket when unable to find an open receiver on his first read.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 14 - 2:59 PM

The Vikings will put Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo through a workout on Friday.

The team has taken a close look at multiple quarterbacks in this draft, so Garoppolo appears to be just another name on the list. However, if they bypass a thrower in the first-round, Garoppolo has generated plenty of second-round buzz. Teams will love his quick release, but Garoppolo gets too frenetic in the pocket, with and without pressure.
Apr 11 - 12:04 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo college coach, Dino Babers, now the boss at Bowling Green, said his former signal-caller has "got one of the fastest releases I’ve probably seen (since) Dan Marino."

"I watched Jimmy Garoppolo throw five passes at Eastern Illinois University, and the first thing out of my mouth was, ‘Somebody screwed up big time’ – because he should have been at an FBS school," Babers said. "Jimmy Garoppolo would have been the starter at Texas A&M. Jimmy Garappolo would have been the starter at the University of Arizona. Jimmy Garoppolo is a big-time quarterback. Everybody’s going to figure out real quick how good this young man is. It happens sometimes. It just happens that a lot of people miss on somebody that they have no business missing on. This guy is going to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League." It goes without saying that Babers is biased here, but he isn't the first person to compare Garoppolo's quick release to Marino's (which is unfair, but still), or suggest that Garoppolo could have started over Johnny Manziel.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 5:33 PM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly believes Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is the best prospect at the position on tape.

"Now level of competition is way below everybody else," Casserly began. "Very good vision. Best release in the draft. Can move in the pocket. Arm seems to be good enough. Totally raw, got to start from scratch on him." The main issue with Garoppolo is frenetic movement, and that is only escalated when pressured. Buzz seems to point to Garoppolo being selected in the second-round.
Source: 620 WDAE
Apr 9 - 10:41 AM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo will visit with the Browns later this week.

He's scheduled to work out for the club's evaluators and then break bread with members of the organization afterwards. If the Browns bypass whoever is left of the Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater group at No. 4, and do the same to Derek Carr with their second first-round selection (No. 26), Garoppolo could make some sense at No. 35. Cleveland will come out of this draft with prime Brian Hoyer competition, and it's doing its due diligence on all options.
Apr 2 - 7:39 PM

ESPN Insider's Adam Caplan believes that seven QBs will go off the board in the first three rounds.

"But after that there could be a drop-off until 5th-6th area," he added. It wasn't stated, but the assumption is that Caplan is referring to the following seven: Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Zach Mettenberger, and AJ McCarron. After that, the procession of pick-your-flavor developmental prospects is led by Tom Savage, Tahj Boyd, Logan Thomas and Aaron Murray.
Apr 1 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has the most upside of any prospect at the position.

"The reason I say upside is because if he would have put him in a major college program, where would he rank? Probably top five or top 10," Kiper said, adding Garoppolo has a super quick release. Rotoworld's Josh Norris also lists Garoppolo as his fifth quarterback, but questions his feet in the pocket and specifically under pressure. Kiper believes Garoppolo could go a bit later than he should due to playing in the FCS.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 12:01 PM

ESPN's Mike Sando believes the Jaguars should pass on a QB at No. 3 overall and trade back into the late first round from the No. 39 pick to select Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo or Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

"They own two fourth-round picks and three fifth-rounders, giving them ample ammunition to move into the first round for a shot at a Garoppolo/Carr type," wrote Sando. "This would allow them to maximize whatever value the third overall choice holds, either by selecting a high-impact player in that slot or trading backward if an opportunity arises unexpectedly. GM Dave Caldwell has said he'd like to add even more picks." If the Jags stay at No. 3 and resist the urge to tab a signal-caller, defensive studs Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack will be options. "I don't get the sense Caldwell will take a QB early," a "well-connected agent" told Sando.
Mar 20 - 5:16 PM