6’2", 226 pounds
Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo enters the 2014 NFL draft as one of the most productive players in the nation.
Garoppolo was one of two players to surpass the 5,000-yard mark in 2013 with 5,050 yards. The other player is former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, who had the most of any player at the FBS or FCS level with 5,082.
Garoppolo is an intriguing prospect in this year’s draft class. He has the tools to be an effective game manager if given time to develop, which isn’t always a bad thing. Some people think Garoppolo can be a starter immediately, but I think he needs time before developing into an effective game manager or solid backup.
Garoppolo is at his best while making throws within 15 yards. He has a quick release, which allows him to get rid of the ball quickly when he needs to.
He is a good athlete and has shown the ability to escape pressure.
Garoppolo exhibited the ability to drop passes into open receivers' hands, specifically on this third-down touchdown against Northern Illinois.
Although his athleticism allows him to avoid incoming defenders, Garoppolo sometimes senses a pressure that isn’t actually there.
His ball placement, specifically on long passes, is sometimes off. He struggles to hit players in stride and sometimes forces throws into tight or double coverage.
Eastern Illinois’s offense usually required just one read from Garoppolo before making a pass, which sometimes led to telegraphed throws. It will be key to see if he can go through his reads quickly and make the right throws, especially under pressure.
As of right now, Garoppolo is far from a finished product. He will need time to develop into a player that can produce. If drafted by a team with a fast-paced offense, such as the Philadelphia Eagles, he has a ceiling of being an effective passer. Worst case, Garoppolo will be a good backup/sufficient spot starter.
Projected Round: 4-5