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.
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.
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.
- 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.