With the Combine in the books, the pro day workout season is picking up, as is the interest in an under-the-radar quarterback.
While most of the attention in Indianapolis was on the trip of Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, today the focus turned to Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
While he may not be a first-rounder, he was working out at Northwestern’s pro day under the watchful eye of Texans coach Bill O’Brien, according to multiple reports. Also, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh put him through a private workout while there.
While it’s easy to overstate the importance of which coach goes to which pro day, O’Brien and Harbaugh are standing in much different positions at the position.
O’Brien is looking for one, and will almost certainly use the first pick in the draft on one. Eyeballing Garoppolo might help create the impression he’s thinking about going another direction, but it’s almost impossible to imagine him not taking one first overall.
Harbaugh’s covered for a starter unless he’s thinking about his next job, which he swears he’s not thinking about, so there.