2014 Cowboys Prospect: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

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Continuing our ongoing series of scouting reports for Dallas Cowboys draft prospects, I am moving to the QB position. Jimmy Garoppolo was the 2013 Walter Payton award winner and led all FCS quarterbacks with 5,050 passing yards and 53 touchdowns. His only regular season loss came at Northern Illinois where he threw for 450 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Jimmy Goroppolo 2014 NFL Combine

Despite the San Francisco 49ers having who most feel is their franchise quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh held a private work out with Jimmy Garoppolo on his Pro Day at Northwestern. Harbaugh is in the Colts Ring Of Honor and has a solid reputation as an NFL quarterback himself. If there is one thing he has proven, he has a good eye for talent. If you remember, Kaepernick was also projected to be a 2nd to 3rd round quarterback.

According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo.com, the private workout came about when Harbaugh introduced himself to Garoppolo and asked, “Wanna throw a little?” Garoppolo went on to throw for Harbaugh in an “off-limits-to-others part of the field,” and the two spent about 45 minutes together.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jim Harbaugh then gave some of his thoughts on Garoppolo’s workout to Yahoo.com:

“Quick release, yes, but sometimes too quick. You want to see him go through the whole motion.”

The Houston texans are among other teams who have shown a great deal of interest in the Eastern Illinois prospect who broke single-season school passing records held by the Cowboys’ own Tony Romo, and he also broke New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton’s school record for career completions.

Jimmy Garoppolo Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 226
College: Eastern Illinois
40 time: 4.97 | 3 cone top performer: 7.04
Grade: 82.0 | Round: 2-3

  • Film Study
  • Jimmy Garappolo has a solid well built physique with good muscle tone it is obvious he is no stranger to the weight room. He is extremely athletic and exhibits good foot quickness as demonstrated in his 7.04 3 cone drill.
  • Jimmy Garappolo has good wrist snap and a smooth throwing motion. He has one of the quickest releases I have seen in years. His release is smooth and clean.
  • Jimmy Garappolo has good vision and goes through his progressions extremely quick. He makes good reads and in most cases very good decisions. He is agile enough to slide around in the pocket to extend plays. He has good anticipation, laser accuracy and elite speed control. He can fit the ball in tight windows and throw his receivers open.
  • Jimmy Garappolo doesn’t take unnecessary sacks and will throw it away if need be. He has elite mental toughness and poise in the pocket. He is durable and when he stands tall in the pocket knowing he will get hit, he bounces right back up to his feet. Jimmy Garappolo has the ability to run out of the pocket and throw well on the move. He may not have a Howitzer, but he can make all of the NFL throws.
  • The biggest knock on Jimmy Garappolo is his size. He doesn’t have the height many scouts look for, and his arms (31″) and hands (9 1/4″) are a bit short of the mark as well. There are times when uses a short delivery that could lead to batted balls. He has worked mostly out of a spread offense in the shot gun and will have to adjust to playing under center more often. He doesn’t have elite zip on the deep out. He will need to improve his footwork at the next level. His throwing motion can use a little work as well.

Overall, Jimmy Garappolo is a solid prospect who has elite football intelligence, excellent character, work ethic and is a vocal leader both on the field and in the locker room. If the Cowboys are looking to draft a QB this year, despite where he is projected, I believe Jimmy Garappolo will end up becoming the best quarterback in this class.

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  • californy

    I believe he is off the board in rd 2 to NO. It would be a wise move for NO to get this player. ,He can mentor under a great QB coach in Paytan and mentor under a QB with one of the quicker releases himself., in Brees.

    • SF may grab him it’s hard to say. I wish we could trade down get another 2nd and grab him

      • californy

        SF just trade for Jag QB, I think they see something in him That most people dont.. This caught my attention.

        • David Vick

          that was interesting. he does have a good eye but I didn’t see it. of course the Jags didn’t help him much.

      • frank

        if he is on the board in rd 2 take him

        • I have to agree

          • frank

            with all the needs we have just get as many good players as you can

  • californy

    Not Only is Bree one of the most technically sound QB but he has pin Point accuracy that is off the chart. I believe he would make a great QB coach should he chose that route. Here a video that will show you how accurate he really is.www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVoqA-LKGb4

  • Big Harb

    I liked him better for the Cowboys in the 3rd or 4th but he seems to be rising higher than that. I don’t think they can afford to go QB that high when there will be starter quality players at other positions in the 2nd

    • its sad reality

    • The Cowboys always lack depth so they can’t make a move like this to plan for the future.

  • californy

    I have David Fales as our Qb in the late 3rd to early 4th rd, yes, I trade out of the first rd if Lewan or Mathews is off the board. I am not in love with the part time player you get out of DL in the first

  • californy

    Here another QB with a fast release, If you think Brees is fast, I just found a faster release QB. I believe he finds his way to AZ this offseason. Here your mystery QB, lol He actually very well known too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b01EuXuJz9M

    • Vick may end up with the jets

      • David Vick

        I will not!!! oh, you talkin about Cuzin Mike 🙂

  • californy

    I believe Carr will be the best QB out of the draft, a lot depends where he goes for his success In the nFL, If he goes to Jacksonville,Cleveland or Oakland he may be a wash, lol

    • time will tell

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Problem is that the Browns have a bunch of talent. But their organization is just a huge mess, and they are an impatient franchise, that doesn’t allow for the rebuilding process to take effect. You have a top 10 defense, probably the best OT tandem in the NFL to go along with a great C. Their QB have just been crap. Same with their RB.

        • Football Mensa

          That talent may begin to manifest itself this year. They have multiple first round picks in the draft. Add a young qb and a stud rb and the offense would be serviceable. Their d is nasty.
          They can get a stud rb in the third. They have a young good te. A young superstar in the making at wr.

    • Football Mensa

      Forny with Carr and Goropolo it will depend on how quick they have to play. Both of those guys need to sit a for a spell.

  • Lionone1

    I like this guy too 🙂

    • I think he may end up in sf

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Shhhhh. Shut your mouth, I want him in Dallas. LOL.

        • Me too what a great mentor for him in Romo they are from the same school. When I watch his tape, it is obvious he studied a lot of Romo tape at EIU it looks just like a young Romo on the field. He even uses his patented shuttle pass lol.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            He is a combination of both Romo and Payton when he plays. Needs a little bit better visions, but everything else is there.

  • Football Mensa

    Dallas would be wise to draft a qb every year for the next three years. You keep drafting him until you find “the” guy. Even if you do find “the” one don’t stop. The Skins took two and could trade the backup right now for a second round pick in a hiccup.

  • David Vick

    Got him in the 4th in the simulated draft, probably wishful thinking though. I would also take Mettenburg in the 3rd if he falls due to injury, or murray in the 5th although he is small. All of those will probably go a round sooner though. And they will have to probably start carrying 3 QBs on the roster, assuming Orton returns. Interesting tidbit…..Patriots kept 4 QBs Brady’s 1st year, Brady being the 4th QB starting the year.

    • Looking back on this post now: who would have thought NE would grab him in Rd 2 when they had Brady? Belechick has a good eye for QBs and him still being there tells me he is the future behind Brady. What a good place to sit and learn wow.

    • Looking back on this post now: who would have thought NE would grab him in Rd 2 when they had Brady? Belechick has a good eye for QBs and him still being there tells me he is the future behind Brady. What a good place to sit and learn wow.