Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Garoppolo (6-2, 222 pounds) is the ninth-rated QB in this draft, and yes, being from EIU, he’s drawn comparisons to their best football alum in their school’s history, Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ starting QB, who went undrafted.
Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the game against the Towson Tigers at O
It says of the comparisons by Dane Brugler:
"“The comparison goes beyond coming from the same college program. Both lack elite physical skills, but are productive due to their timing, smarts and quick release to get the ball out.”"
He’s said to have good height, body type and hand size, saying:
"“Better than adequate arm strength with a snap release that produces some juice. Live arm with his experience coming from a pass-happy offense. Excellent passing vision with quick eyes to scan and a quick, natural delivery. Smart and executes the offense well.”"
I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of film on him (except for this article), but he does draw my interest as a possible “third-round steal” in this draft.
One of this weaknesses are:
"“Needs to get his feet under control on a consistent basis and regularly step into his throws. Must continue and develop his pocket awareness and internal clock to feel pressure.”"
Being able to feel pressure and playing in the pocket is a must for an O’Brien offense.