Jimmy Garoppolo Scouting Report
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Jimmy Garoppolo Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: Ohio Valley
School: Eastern Illinois Panthers
Year/Status: Senior
Jersey Number: #10
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 222 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Second Round
Drafted 2.30 in 2014 by NE

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

The big numbers came easy for Garoppolo in the Ohio Valley Conference. His hair-trigger fast release is the talk of scouting circles, but the question lingers whether he can translate his FCS skills into the NFL.

Garoppolo was the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner, an accolade given to FCS' most outstanding player. Uses a very quick and compact three-quarter delivery. Very quick decisions. Made a lot of simple reads against simple defenses. Below average deep ball accuracy. Much more accurate within 20 yards. Doesn't hold onto the football and will dump it off if pressured. Will hang in pocket, deliver the football and absorb the hit. Adequate height. Average athlete. Evasive enough to avoid pressure, but not a scrambler. Poised in the pocket, stays calm and finds the open man.

Durable with no injury issues in college. Played almost exclusively out of the shotgun, so he will need time to adjust to playing under center. Average velocity on his throws. Footwork when throwing can become a bit sloppy. Will lean back or twist when he throws unnecessarily, which often compromises accuracy. Competitive leader. Played against very poor competition in FCS.

Garoppolo projects as a second round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: The NFL sometimes really just boils down to split seconds. Garoppolo's nimble release can be the difference between a sack and a "bang-bang" catch in stride opportunity to move the chains. If he played at a big-time major program, he might be considered a first-round lock. Depending upon where he ends up, I feel he could push for playing time in his second season (or if his team struggles, could be earlier).

Last Updated Mar-25-2014 by Matt De Lima

2 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 2nd Round

2nd round seems like the most realistic. I could see a team possibly moving back into the late 1st round to snag him though.

Posted by:
AUWarEagle 03/27/14 03:57 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

" Doesn't hold onto the football and will dump it off if pressured. Will hang in pocket, deliver the football and absorb the hit. " what the he'll? U guys to have auto comments about players cause that was just a complete contradiction to the previous statement.

Posted by:
doubtingtheworld 05/17/14 01:32 AM

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