Jimmy Garoppolo is a wild card of sorts in this draft. He didn’t play in the top level of collegiate football, but many have proven that doesn’t matter much when they suit up in the NFL.
Garoppolo ran a time of 4.97 at the combine, and to be honest, I haven’t seen Garoppolo play much except for highlights, so I’m not going to act like I’m an expert on how he plays on a down-by-down basis.
What I do like about Garoppolo is the fact he’s worked his way up the draft board this offseason by his performance when under pressure of being watched by potential bosses.
Garoppolo’s strengths as listed by Dane Brugler are as follows:
“Level-headed and always under control with a strong leadership presence. Confident thrower and short memory. Elite career production as a four-year starter at the FCS level.”
This is what I like about Garoppolo is he seems to be a smart football player, which I feel is sometimes more important at the QB position than what his arm strength is.
Which brings me to a weakness of Garoppolo … “lack of elite velocity” as said by Brugler.
He’s compared to Tony Romo, and not just because they both played for Eastern Illinois.
Garoppolo is the fifth-ranked QB in the draft as he passed for 4,489 yards with 48 TDs and eight interceptions his senior season.
Brugler said in his comparison of the two QBs:
“Both lack elite physical skills but are productive due to their timing, smarts and quick release to get the ball out.”
Romo has done fairly well in the NFL as he was an undrafted player … and if Garoppolo can continue to improve, maybe his second-round projection will land him with the Texans.