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Scout: Jimmy Garoppolo’s fade passes could be “the best I’ve ever seen”


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.

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31 Responses to “Scout: Jimmy Garoppolo’s fade passes could be “the best I’ve ever seen””
  1. Remember Brian Brohm says: May 2, 2014 12:47 PM

    Jimmy Football + Cordarrelle Patterson = 15 touchdowns a year.

  2. englishguy24601 says: May 2, 2014 12:50 PM

    Unnamed scout? LAME! Creative advertising by a high quality agent. Garoppolo will look AWESOME in purple though. Thanks for the pick Seachickens!

  3. barsfordays says: May 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    This guy will never start an NFL game.
    Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, Carr, Mettenberger, and even AJ McCarron are far better options.

  4. drfeelyouup says: May 2, 2014 12:58 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo…You will forget his name inside of three years.

  5. chargrz says: May 2, 2014 12:59 PM


  6. ariani1985 says: May 2, 2014 1:04 PM

    Ted thompson+1ST Round= bust

  7. nomoreliesfortoday says: May 2, 2014 1:07 PM

    Can’t you throw the fade between the 20’s also?

  8. bullvikings2001 says: May 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    I’ll take Denarius McGhee anyday over Jimmy.

  9. steelerdeathstar says: May 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    Garoppolo looks like one of the very best QB’s in this draft, and will likely prove better than some QB’s who will probably be taken ahead of him.
    He had a great career at E.Illinois, looked really good in the Senior Bowl, and I believe had a good combine as well. His apparent skill in the red zone only adds to his value.
    Plus, looking at him…the kid just looks like he’s smart and confident, and has the ‘eye of the tiger’!

  10. dryzzt23 says: May 2, 2014 1:14 PM

    Give the kid a chance.

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 2, 2014 1:16 PM

    WOW thats about 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.1 % of what a qb needs to be good at

  12. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: May 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    Isn’t Eastern Illinois where Tony Romo went?

    Maybe this kid’s ability to throw the fade coincides with Romo’s ability to fade in the playoffs.

  13. wipackman1265 says: May 2, 2014 1:21 PM

    QB evaluation in Minnesota…. Stellar

    If they take him…he’ll be bad
    If they don’t. He’ll be good

  14. dalcow4 says: May 2, 2014 1:22 PM

    Funny how terrible most NFL QBs are at that pass.

    Of course, that never stops coaches from repeatedly calling that play.

  15. mdobrasz says: May 2, 2014 1:23 PM

    I suppose Buffalo will be looking at him in round 1

    LOL @ EJ Manuel in 2013

  16. 12dat says: May 2, 2014 1:27 PM

    Vikings can draft him and then Seahawks will turn him into an actual player in a couple of years.

  17. cacheesehead1237 says: May 2, 2014 1:42 PM

    McGinn’s draft previews are the best. I strongly suggest reviewing them.

  18. trollhammer20 says: May 2, 2014 1:46 PM

    Spoken like someone who wants to see another team reach for this guy, so it becomes more likely that the QB they really want is still available.

  19. htown995 says: May 2, 2014 1:52 PM

    Yeah i hope the sorry vikes draft him then they could go 1-15?

  20. 4ever19 says: May 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    EIU – cradle of QBs and HCs.

  21. harveyredman says: May 2, 2014 1:59 PM

    So Garrapalo, who played in a 2nd tier division and hasn’t shown a lick what he can do against real talent outside of a glorified all-start game is getting all the praise, while Bridgewater is being accused of playing in a weak conference, lacking leadership ability and considered by anonymous scout as “not good enough to start”…

    Makes sense.

  22. wisconsinhillfolk says: May 2, 2014 2:11 PM

    What percentage of GMs make a pick based on: “This guy just looks confident. He has the eye of the tiger.”?

  23. granadafan says: May 2, 2014 2:20 PM

    It will be interesting to reassess the draft 3-4 years from now to see which players made it and which were busts.

  24. damcmp says: May 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    Johnny Football = Vince Young flash in the pan

  25. edavidberg says: May 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    I’d rather take Garoppolo or Murray in a later round than any of the QBs that will go in the first. With the possible exception of Manziel.

  26. pfromvv says: May 2, 2014 2:30 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo > Johnny Manziel

  27. laxcoach37 says: May 2, 2014 3:34 PM

    Garappolo will be a good choice for a Team if not used to groom as a Starter. This guy reminds me of Matt Moore type. He is the best choice to have on a Bench if your Starter goes down. A solid skills caretaker. As for the Fade Pass, this is more of a needed skill for the Receiver. It is not so much about timing/trajectory as it is about the Receiver positioning a box out of the corner and ability to jump or stretch to make the catch. You are seeing more of these called because of WR and TE mismatches 6’5″ and taller on 5’9 CB. A no-branier.

  28. tongsareinyourseatback says: May 2, 2014 4:05 PM

    When I hear Jimmy Garoppolo I think of Janeane Garofalo and then I throw up a little in my mouth.

  29. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: May 2, 2014 5:05 PM

    Could have definitely used him in SF the last 2 years. Imagine a few completions to Crabtree at the end of the Super Bowl with Baltimore and last year in the NFC Championship against Seattle. Flacco wouldn’t have gotten his huge contract and Richard Sherman would have kept his mouth shut. Win win win situation

  30. realfootballfan says: May 2, 2014 5:46 PM

    I like this guy best besides Bridgewater in this draft.

  31. ravens2xworldchamps says: May 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    Ravens successor to flacco groom him for 3 years

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