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Jimmy Garoppolo | Quarterback

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

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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. Apr 16 - 5:19 PM

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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

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be selected ahead of Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

"And he should," McShay added. No further explanation was given, but this is a bit of a surprise at this point in the process. Carr is frequently mentioned as the fourth quarterback in the class, with Garoppolo somewhere in the 5-7 area. Both tend to panic under pressure, leaving clean situations, but Carr has a stronger arm. Garoppolo likely translates best to a quick hitting offense.
Source: ESPN
Mar 17 - 2:21 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo told CSN Chicago that his skill set compares to Aaron Rodgers.

"I like to think I'm pretty close in comparison to Aaron Rodgers," Garoppolo told CSN's SportsTalk Live Thursday. "He's very athletic and gets the ball out quickly. He's very knowledgeable of the game, controls the offense totally and that's something I try to do. Just know the offense inside and out, and if you're able to do that as a quarterback, it makes your team that much better." Like Rodgers, Garoppolo does possess a quick release, but he'll have to work on his pocket presence if he wants to mirror his game after Aaron Rodgers. Garoppolo stock has risen as of late, and it looks like he could go in the second round. However, our own Josh Norris has Garoppolo as his fifth ranked quarterback prospect.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 14 - 10:38 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper insisted on the First Draft podcast that Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is going in the second round.

"He seems to be the hot property right now that people are talking about even more than the big three quarterbacks," Kiper said. Garoppolo needs a lot of work -- his pocket presence is questionable at best, he doesn't have experience dropping back and he's easily flustered -- but he definitely has NFL tools. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound Garoppolo makes quick decisions, gets the ball out quickly, employs sound footwork and works through his projections.
Mar 12 - 8:11 PM

Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio believes Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has "dramatic" pocket presence problems and would leave him off his draft board entirely if he were a decision-maker.

"Is it impossible for Garappolo to address his pocket presence? Of course not," Waldman wrote. "Have I ever seen it when the issues are this dramatic? Not in recent memory." Waldman believes Garoppolo "sees phantom pressure" and consistently lacks "a clear plan on the field when the initial play doesn't work." The link below provides plenty of damning evidence via film available on YouTube to support Waldman's assessments. Garoppolo has the tools to succeed at the next level, but he needs plenty of work.
Mar 11 - 6:58 PM