For draftniks who like wonky things, we’ve got something for you.
In Bob McGinn’s breakdown of the 2014 quarterback class in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an unnamed scout gave Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo high praise for his passing inside the 20.
Garoppolo, the scout told McGinn, was “(maybe) the best I’ve ever seen throwing fades,” calling Garoppolo “lethal in the red zone.”
Passing near the goal line is only but a small part of a quarterback’s job. However, with bigger receivers in vogue around the NFL, an ability to give pass catchers optimal opportunities to go up and get the ball is a good skill to have.
Regarded as a prospect with a chance to be taken in the first two days of the draft, Garoppolo will get a chance to show that his best red zone work in the Ohio Valley Conference translates to football’s major leagues.