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03/22/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 1 Pro Day takeaways...2. Go Wildcats! Northwestern hasn't produced a first round pick at any position since 2005 (Luis Castillo) and only one quarterback in school history -- the legendary Otto Graham -- has ever earned the distinction of being drafted in the opening frame. With the ever-increasing buzz surrounding Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, the Wildcats might be able to at least boast they held a Pro Day with a highly regarded NFL passing prospect.
Garappolo was allowed to participate at Northwestern's on-campus workout because Eastern Illinois did not have a Pro Day workout of its own. Garappolo threw for 45 minutes with San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and later conducted a private workout with the Houston Texans, who were represented by head coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback coach George Godsey. Garappolo reportedly threw 36 passes -- 22 of which were specifically requested by NFL personnel -- to demonstrate his ability. He has enjoyed a steady rise up draft boards following an impressive showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and combine. Intelligent, accurate and athletic, Garappolo is an ideal match in a timing-based offense -- just like the ones the Texans and 49ers are expected to use in 2014. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Texans, 49ers work out Garoppolo...While O'Brien has been strongly linked to Bortles, Bridgewater is considered the top pro-style passer in the draft. Manziel, who dared the Texans to pass on him, isn't an ideal fit but O'Brien has also said he prides himself on the ability to create a game-plan offense that doesn't typecast players into niche roles. Garoppolo is not in the mix to be drafted first overall. He could get consideration if the Texans trade down or draft a defensive end, outside linebacker or offensive tackle in the first round. Garoppolo graduated from a shotgun offense and is praised for his quick release and cerebral approach to the position. His former offensive coordinator said Garoppolo could diagram every offensive player's assignment on every play and their situational adjustments.
A team not sold on Fresno State's Derek Carr because of his penchant for going scattershot when the pocket buckles might prefer Garoppolo but in some order, both quarterbacks project to come off the board between picks 20-40. Matt Schaub remains on the Houston roster and Case Keenum could also get an extended audition under O'Brien, who has tutored Tom Brady but also Matt Cassel -- noteworthy because he is a free agent, opting out of a second-year option with the Vikings -- and Brian Hoyer, the former Michigan State product who showed flashes of being a competitive starter with the Cleveland Browns before an ACL tear last season. - The Sports Xchange
03/17/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Texans, 49ers work out Garoppolo...Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was at Northwestern on March 4th to work out quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the record-setting FCS player of the year at Eastern Illinois, the Chicago Tribune first reported. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, in his trademark khakis and team-logo sleeved top, was among the 31 teams who watched Garoppolo's workout. Garoppolo told Yahoo Sports that he warmed up with Harbaugh on a side field for about 45 minutes. Both coaches left campus before the official Northwestern pro day workouts began.
O'Brien, who was on hand for Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald's stellar showing Monday, undoubtedly will be making the rounds to see the top-ranked quarterbacks in this 2014 draft. Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, March 17, Blake Bortles (UFC, March 19) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, March 27) all will participate in campus workouts -- Manziel is working out with wide receiver Mike Evans but not at A&M's pro day -- to prove they should be the first overall pick. The Texans are very much in the market. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 57. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 219, 4.78, 2...Created a buzz as he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records, as well as all of the Ohio Valley Conference passing records. Won the Walter Payton Award in 2013 after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career totals include 13,156 yards passing, 118 touchdowns. Garoppollo overcomes a lack height and arm strength with quick thinking and good understanding of his pass-happy offense. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...2. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continued the positive momentum he'd gained from the East-West Shrine Game with an impressive initial practice. While he does not possess Carr's howitzer, Garoppolo has a very quick set-up and release and frequently threw led his receivers away from defenders, showing better ball-placement than Carr on several of his throws. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com