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.

33 responses to “Polian thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is a first-round pick

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

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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