Jimmy Garoppolo Scouting Report
|School:||Eastern Illinois Panthers|
|Height & Weight:||6'3 - 222 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||Second Round|
2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
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).
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