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Polian thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is a first-round pick


Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t often mentioned alongside Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles as a first-round quarterback. But one former NFL general manager thinks he should be.

Bill Polian said on ESPN that Garoppolo, who played his college football at Eastern Illinois, will be a first-round pick.

Garoppolo won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in FCS and led the FCS in passing with 5,050 yards. He turned heads at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, and he said at the Combine that he hoped to turn heads in Indianapolis as well.

“The exposure really helps a small school guy like me,” Garoppolo said. “It’s tough for us to get our names out there. We’re not always on ESPN and on TV and everything like that, so every little bit of exposure like that helps me and helps get my name out there. Playing well in both the games really helped me too.”

The exposure Polian is giving Garoppolo may help, too. Then again, Polian thinking a player is a first-round pick doesn’t necessarily mean much. Polian also thought Jerry Hughes was a first-round pick.

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33 Responses to “Polian thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is a first-round pick”
  1. smartanis says: Feb 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    “Polian also thought Jerry Hughes was a first-round pick.”

    Ba-ZING! The Earth was SHAKING on that day of MONSTER bust!

  2. bumblyjack says: Feb 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    If Bill likes him that much he should draft him with a first round pick. Oh, wait…

  3. proudlycanadian says: Feb 25, 2014 11:42 AM

    Are you referring to the Jerry Hughes who shone as a situational pass rusher for the Bills last season?

  4. bengalsucker says: Feb 25, 2014 11:42 AM

    This kid’s name has been coming up a lot lately. It may be just pre-draft hype but considering everyone who has come out and said nothing but great things about him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of those draft day surprises that a team comes up with. I’d love for the Bengals to get him to challenge Dalton.

  5. numbr4stuna says: Feb 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Maybe you should include that Bill Polian also drafted Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf….

  6. firerogergoodell says: Feb 25, 2014 11:48 AM

    As a Vikes fan I’d much rather take a shot on this kid than Derek Carr!

  7. raiderufan says: Feb 25, 2014 11:54 AM

    It’s hard to believe this guy drafted Tarik Glenn, Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Rob Morris, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeny, Dallas Clark and Bob Sanders in the first round from 97 to 04.

  8. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 25, 2014 11:57 AM

    Polian thinks he did a good job in Indianapolis, too.

  9. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    This is similar to what Mike Mayock does every year. These guys take a smaller name and predict that the individual will be future all-star and worthy of a first round pick.

    It might not hurt to defend Bill Polian by noting that Jerry Hughes notched 10-sacks this season for the Buffalo Bills. There wasn’t an opportunity for him considering Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were roaming the edges.

  10. tampabay94 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    He also thought Landry was the best qb last year

  11. aldavis4president says: Feb 25, 2014 12:05 PM

    Best qbs 2014 draft :
    1. Teddy bridge 2. Blake bottles 3. Derek Carr 4. Tahj Boyd 5. Zach mettenberg. You heard it here 1st. And yes I know I didn’t mention johnny football, kids game dsnt translate to the NFL imo.

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 25, 2014 12:08 PM

    Look for Rick Spielman to trade up from their second-round pick back into the late first round to get this guy.

  13. pftstory says: Feb 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    I’m not pointing to this being Poilan’s motivation, but sure teams are talking him up.
    Wouldn’t Oak and MN love to see Hou, Jax, and/or CLE decide to pass on the big 3 QB’s and target Carr or Garoppolo and allow a big 3 to fall to 5 and or 8?
    The non QB teams wouldn’t mind seeing those 3 teams more willing to trade down after they decide they can target a QB at the end of Round 1 or early 2nd.

  14. schmitty2 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:24 PM

    The exposure Polian is giving Garoppolo may help, too. Then again, Polian thinking a player is a first-round pick doesn’t necessarily mean much. Polian also thought Jerry Hughes was a first-round pick.

    Nice zinger MDS but maybe you should look at Polian’s draft history overall. Oh and FYI…Hughes had 10 sacks last year.

  15. jaxbeachjagfan says: Feb 25, 2014 12:27 PM

    Polian may be just carrying water for his son Chris and Chris’s boss, Dave Caldwell.

    If the Jags are thinking about taking Garoppolo at #39, then having the thought that Garoppolo was a 1st round talent might help lessen the perception of Garoppolo being a reach there.

  16. DonKellyBaby says: Feb 25, 2014 12:31 PM

    The same Jerry Hughes who had 10 sacks last season as a situational pass-rusher and finally got into a system that actually suites him?

  17. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Feb 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    I would rather take Aaron Murray in the third round…

  18. jayvee3 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    Good GMs miss on 1st round picks sometimes (and Chris Polian, his son, was the GM that drafted Hughes).

    John Schneider drafted James Caprenter. That’s a pretty big bust from a great GM.

  19. fitzmagic1212 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    jerry hughes had 10 sacks last year and for his amount of snaps ranked as one of the top pass rushers per PFF.

  20. ghostofgilchrist says: Feb 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    This kid has the fastest release I’ve seen since Marino.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 25, 2014 12:45 PM

    The Ravens could use him to replace JumpBallJoe.

  22. realnflmaster says: Feb 25, 2014 12:46 PM

    Bill Polian is an idiot.

  23. JackedUpSports says: Feb 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    not first rounder, but shouldnt slip past the 3rd

  24. marcuswelby1 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:09 PM

    If Polian said Jimmy Garoppolo is a first-round pick, well then he must be a first round pick…right???

  25. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 25, 2014 1:12 PM

    Polian has had questionable drafts, but hasn’t he hit the bullseye on a couple stud QBs in his time as a GM?

  26. GBwomenrhot says: Feb 25, 2014 1:15 PM

    1st round is a push, but he’ll play somewhere down that line, book it.

  27. fwippel says: Feb 25, 2014 1:22 PM

    I think Garoppolo is headed to Minnesota. I can see Spielman either trading down from #8 to get more picks, or trading back into round one to get prior to the start of round two.

  28. dubblelznhell says: Feb 25, 2014 1:25 PM

    Didn’t jerry Hughes register 9.5 sacks as a situational rusher? Lol

  29. realfootballfan says: Feb 25, 2014 1:26 PM

    I don’t agree that he will go in the first round, but Pollien is spot on with this guy. To me, he’s the second best QB in this draft (behind Bridgewater), which will have mostly underwhelming QBs in it in the end when their careers play out besides Bridgewater and maybe this guy.

  30. ampats says: Feb 25, 2014 1:47 PM

    New England is open for business at pick # 29 if anyone wants to trade back into Round # 1

  31. snowlock2013 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:09 PM

    Corey Chavous has been singing this guy’s praises for month to PA on KFAN.

  32. smackers86 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:01 PM

    Ray Farmer talked about having a QB in mind who wasn’t one of the favorites, and I’m pretty sure Jimmy Garoppolo is it. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Browns take Sammy Watkins at No. 4 and Garoppolo with their second pick in the first round.

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2014 3:57 PM

    McGinn slipped a couple Wonderlic scores yesterday. Garoppolo had a 24, Carr 20. Nothing to write home about, and they seemed like two of the brighter QBs in this draft. It’s a sorry bunch overall, I’d take my chances with Logan Thomas.

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