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CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes ex-New Mexico State senior transfer Andrew Manley is "a favorite to take the job and a NFL prospect to watch."

"EIU has to replace Jimmy Garoppolo at QB, but senior transfer Andrew Manley is the favorite to take the job and a NFL prospect to watch," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound QB started in all 12 games for the New Mexico State Aggies last season, passing for 2,764 yards and 18 touchdowns. Manley currently has two years of eligibility remaining with the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
Jun 23 - 11:46 AM

Former Kentucky junior QB Jalen Whitlow has transferred to Eastern Illinois.

Whitlow will be eligible to play immediately since he is dropping from the FBS to the FCS. Eastern Illinois obviously lost their quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, but the school also lost their head coach who specialized in spacing out offenses.
May 22 - 4:54 PM

Vikings signed Eastern Illinois WR Erik Lora.

Lora (5-foot-10 3/8, 203) was Jimmy Garoppolo's go-to guy, setting school records in catches (332), yards (4,006), and receiving scores (35) as the EIU Panthers' slot receiver. He clocked 4.48 at his March Pro Day, adding a 36-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Although not an overwhelmingly explosive player, Lora has the build and soft hands necessary to keep the chains moving inside the numbers. He will fight with Lestar Jean for a roster spot in Minnesota.
May 11 - 2:23 PM

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

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

Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports that the Lions will host Eastern Illinois WR Erik Lora for a pre-draft visit on Friday.

While Lora's teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo, may get all the press these days, it's Lora who the Lions will be paying attention to on Friday. Lora had a storied career for the Panthers setting an FCS record as a junior with 136 catches for 1,664 yards. Last season Lora had a strong senior season hauling in 123 catches for 1,544 yards and 19 touchdowns. Lora was at his best working from the slot and hopefully he'll get an opportunity at the next level to showcase his strengths. Lora is projected to be a late-round pick.
Apr 24 - 1:10 AM

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


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