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A Diamond in the Rough: QB Jimmy Garoppolo; Eastern Illinois


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Hello Raider Nation,

Welcome back to another edition of Diamond in the Rough. There was a lot of feedback from the Aaron Donald post last time, but jut in case you missed it, HERE IS THE LINK. I was asked to do many positions, and not one of them was asked more than the other, so I decided to look at all the players on my list and choose the one that excited me the most, and it turned out to be Division I FCS superstar Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo

Height: 6'3

Weight: 222

Conference: Ohio Valley

40 time: 4.72

games played: 43

completions: 992

completion %: 62.3

Yards: 12595

Touchdown: 113

Interceptions: 50

Career QBR: 143%

Projected Round: 4-5

Position Rank: 12

Go ahead and Take Bridgewater and Johnny Football, I have my eyes on someone else. Probably the best QB you have never heard of, Jimmy Garoppolo is the next small school superstar. he has had an incredible senior year, which has put him on many NFL scout's radar. The kid is fun to watch on tape, and knows exactly what to do with the football. He is intelligent, and has a quick release. very good deep ball with a quick zip on medium passes, and puts a lot of touch on the short passes. has a great Fade pass, and leads the receiver very well. He is a pocket passer, but can scramble around to extend the play. The raiders have some question marks at the QB position but both Mcgloin and Pryor have shown promise, with potential, so the Raiders do not need a QB with a high pick, instead QB with strong fundamentals, who can compete, that is projected in the mid rounds. That is Garoppolo.

As a Freshman, Garoppolo Started the final eight games of the season at quarterback earning All-Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer Team honors. He passed for 1,639 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, had a completion percentage rate of 58.8 percent with 124-of-211... did not have enough games played to qualify for NCAA National or OVC rankings but would have rated third in passing yards per game (204.9) and third in touchdown passes. Had back-to-back OVC Newcomer of the Week honors on Oct. 24 (Murray State) and Oct. 31 (Austin Peay)... had a season high 341 yards passing in loss to Murray State (26-of-35 with 4 touchdowns)... helped rally EIU to overtime win at Tennessee State with 331 yards passing (20-of-33 with 4 touchdowns)... over final four games of the season was 68-of-109 for 1,052 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.

In his sophmore, he continued his career, and had a better year. He started all 11 games as quarterback passing for 2,644 yards... ranked 2nd in the OVC in passing offense (240.4 per game) and total offense (234.8 per game)... ranked 33rd in the NCAA in total offense and 36th in passing efficiency... was 217-of-349 with 20 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions... 2,583 yards total offense ranks 7th on EIU single season list... 2,644 yards passing ranks 7th on EIU single season list... 20 touchdowns ranks 10th on EIU single season list... season high 304 yards passing in season opener against Illinois State... also had 301 yards passing against Tennessee Tech going 29-of-52... finished season ranked 10th on EIU career total offense list, 7th on EIU career passing yardage list and 6th in career touchdown passes

It wasn't until his junior year that he became one of the most exciting QBs to watch in college football. Garoppolo Finished 10th in voting for Walter Payton Award after earning second team All-OVC honors. honorable mention All-American by College Sports Journal... set OVC single season record for passing yards with 3,823 yards... was 331-of-540 with 31 touchdown passes... ranked 5th in the FCS in total offense and sixth in passing yards per game... twice named OVC Offensive Player of the Week for games against Southern Illinois and Austin Peay... was the Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week for game against SIU with 369 yards passing and five touchdowns (no interceptions)... passed for a career high 453 yards (18-of-31) and five touchdowns against Austin Peay with all five touchdown passes over 50 yards... 453 yard game was fourth best single game total in school history... had 428 yard passing day at UT Martin... had six games with 300+ yards passing to rank second on EIU career list with 10 300+ yard passing games... set EIU single season record for total offense with 3,823 yards... 31 touchdown passes rank second on EIU single season list... set single season record for pass completions (331) and pass attempts (540)... second on EIU single season list in passing yards... ended season ranked third on EIU career list in total offense (7,977), touchdown passes (65) and passing yards (8,106)... is second on EIU career list in pass attempts and pass completions

Now in his senior year, he is arguably having the best year a college QB can have. Garoppolo is a Walter Payton Award Candidate. Has set EIU single game record with seven touchdown passes in win over Illinois State, and became EIU career leader in pass completions in win over Illinois State. he currently has 4489 yards, 48 Tds, with 8 interceptions. having a QBR of 170%

In case you did not know, Tony Romo also played at Eastern Illinois, and Garoppolo shattered all of his records, but if that isn't enough to convince you, here is NFL scout Greg Gabriel on Jimmy Garoppolo's scouting report

Garoppolo has good size at about 6’3-220. He is a good athlete with quick feet and better than average play speed (4.77). He plays mostly from a spread or pistol formation but will line up under center at times. When under center, he can set up quickly. He has the quick feet and athleticism to move around in the pocket and keep plays alive. He shows a good feel for pass rushers and can step up or roll to keep plays alive and get the throw off. He holds the ball high and has very good delivery quickness. When he makes a decision, the ball is out of his hands instantly. I have seen improvement from 2012 to 2013 in his decision making and accuracy. On tapes from 2012, I felt his accuracy and ball placement were just above average. This year his completion percentage is up, and his ball placement is even better. He will still force a throw at times, but with only 5 interceptions in 231 throws, he is keeping his mistakes to a minimum. He is showing much more patience in the pocket this year. He does a good job seeing the field and going through a progression. Garoppolo can make all the throws needed to play in the NFL. He has good pocket presence and awareness. His decision making improves every year as he gains experience. He is a play maker who comes up big when it is needed. His leadership on the field is obvious. Garoppolo does not have a cannon for an arm. He has good arm strength and can easily throw the ball 50+ yards, but with NFL strength programs, that should not be a problem.

- nationalfootballpost.com; Greg Gabriel

I could not find actual videos of just Jimmy Garappolo, but there are a bunch of videos of Eastern Illinois highlights, so I will use those, and just focus on Jimmy, who is #10. please leave a comment to leave youe opinion, it also lets me know that you guys are loving these posts still.

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