What Rookie QB Will Have The Best Impact For His Team?
Where does Johnny Manziel rank? Is Blake Bortles really worth all the hype? Can A.J. McCarron’s success at the college level translate to the NFL?
Today we start with No. 10: Jimmy Garoppolo.
With three-and-a-half years of starting experience at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo accounted for over 51 interceptions (although he did throw for 118 career touchdowns and broke Tony Romo’s record for pass completions).
While Garoppolo has a quick release, he has shown that he makes ill-advised decisions and forced a lot of throws; 51 interceptions is definitely a bold stat line. But with quick hips, he can shimmy out of pressure and get out of the pocket.
Garoppolo played in a spread offense and didn’t get a lot of snaps under center. He played in the FCS (Football Championship Series), which isn’t near the level of Division 1-A college football and is huge gap from the NFL.
I think the New England Patriots made a very bad decision with picking Garoppolo with their second-round pick, but sitting and learning behind Tom Brady won’t do him any harm.
If he soaks in what he learns from Bill Belichick and Co. and hits the weight room, Garappolo can develop his arm strength and become an average NFL quarterback.