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Jimmy Garoppolo | Quarterback

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 226
College: Eastern Illinois
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Patriots signed No. 62 overall pick QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a four-year contract.
Recently deemed "disaster insurance" by owner Bob Kraft, Garoppolo won't be taking meaningful snaps any time soon. A good athlete with average arm strength, Garoppolo was highly efficient in a quick-hitting college spread offense, but often struggled when pressured. He also lacks ideal hand size (9 1/4"), and will have to rework his lower-body mechanics. Jun 2 - 3:37 PM

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Appearing on NFL Network, Patriots owner Robert Kraft called second-round QB Jimmy Garoppolo "disaster insurance."

Kraft went on to say he hopes it's a "long time" before Garoppolo has to play. Tom Brady is signed through 2017, but going on 37. Even players as good as Brady can suddenly fall off a cliff at that age.
May 29 - 8:42 PM

No. 62 overall pick Jimmy Garoppolo said he hasn't thought about eventually replacing Tom Brady.

We see it as a poor bet to ever happen. Brady is signed through 2017 and Garoppolo's rookie contract will expire in 2017. Furthermore, the Eastern Illinois product brings pocket presence, arm strength and hand size questions to the table. Ryan Mallett has attempted four passes since the Patriots took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.
May 14 - 11:25 AM

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 - 9:21 PM

Appearing from Vikings headquarters on SportsCenter, ESPN's Bob Holtzman said he's heard Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo's name mentioned.

Holtzman said the Vikings are leaning toward defense with the No. 8 overall pick, which shouldn't be a surprise under new defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer. The quarterback position could be addressed in Round 2 or 3 with Garoppolo, who was in Minnesota for a private workout back on April 11. Under that scenario, Garoppolo could develop for a year behind stop-gap Matt Cassel.
May 8 - 5:33 PM

According to's Gil Brandt, "some teams" have Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo rated ahead of Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater on their draft boards.

Brandt believes there's a "possibility" Garoppolo is selected before Bridgewater, which would send the draftnik community into a tailspin. Brandt acknowledges a team doing so, "might be (making a) mistake." Garoppolo generated a lot of buzz early in the draft process, but lacks a powerful arm and struggles when pressured. Bridgewater is noticeably comfortable when faced with chaos.
Apr 29 - 8:00 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is among the 30 players who will attend next month's draft in person.

It's a record number of prospects. The league typically only invites players viewed as first-round picks, but this year's higher number guarantees multiple players will linger into Friday. Garoppolo is perhaps the most-surprising name on the list. His pre-draft buzz has cooled considerably in recent weeks.
Apr 22 - 7:53 PM

Speaking to's Ian Rapoport, a scout compared Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Matt Hasselbeck.

"You can win with him," was the scout's succinct summary. Garoppolo is considered a first-round dark horse, but will almost certainly slide to day two. SI's Peter King reported Monday that the Jaguars "really like" Garoppolo. Garoppolo has drawn kudos for his footwork and release, but struggles when chaos comes to the pocket. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 219 pounds, there are also questions about his arm strength.
Apr 14 - 4:04 PM

According to SI's Peter King, the Jaguars "really like" Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

King is hearing that four QB-needy teams (Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland) are "strongly considering" passing on the position with their first picks and waiting for round two. Perhaps that's why there's so much buzz around guys like Garoppolo and Pittsburgh's Tom Savage right now. Garoppolo, from the same college as Tony Romo, has a lightning-quick release but gets noticeably rattled in the pocket and has some arm strength questions at 6'2/219.
Apr 14 - 9:11 AM

Former Colts GM Bill Polian projects Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo as a first-round pick.

It's unclear if that means Polian believes Garoppolo is deserving of a first-round pick, or will be a first-rounder. Either way, it's a fanciful prediction from the man who oversaw the decline of the Colts. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 219 pounds, Garoppolo has been praised for his footwork and release, but faces major questions about his arm strength. He's generally considered a mid-round prospect. For what it's worth, CBS' Dane Brugler believes it's "possible" Garoppolo will be a first-rounder.
Feb 24 - 4:01 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo clocked unofficial forty times of 4.93 and 4.95 at the Scouting Combine.

He stands in at 6-foot-2, 219. Garoppolo comes from the same college that produced Tony Romo, and has generated some buzz as a potential mid-round selection. He's participated in the East-West Shrine, Senior Bowl, and now the Combine, so NFL evaluators have gotten very good looks at Garoppolo.
Feb 23 - 10:58 AM

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2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Derrick Johnson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Nate Byham
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski