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  • 4.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.04 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 226LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


2013: Walter Payton Award winner (FCS outstanding player). Led all FCS quarterbacks with 5,050 passing yards. Only regular-season loss came at Northern Illinois, where he threw for 450 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs. Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Threw multiple TDs in 13 of 14 games, including 10 with 3-plus TD. 11 games with 300-plus yards passing. 2012: Second-team All-OVC. Set single-season record with 3,823 yards. 453 yards, 5 TDs vs. Austin Peay. 2011: Started all 11 games. Second in conference with 240.4 passing yards per game. 2010: All-OVC Newcomer team. Started final 8 games. 341 yards, 4 TDs vs. Murray State. High School: 1,888 yards and 16 TDs as a senior



Has a very quick trigger and good wrist snap that translates to a smooth throwing motion and clean, compact delivery (no windup). Lightning release quickness. Urgent decision maker. Sells play-action. Athletic enough to slide in the pocket and buy time with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Good anticipation -- throws his receivers open. Can change ball speeds and drop it in a bucket. Does not take unnecessary sacks and will dump the ball. Will deliver the ball looking down the barrell of a gun. Tough-minded and poised in the pocket -- can withstand a hit and pop back up. Highly competitive. Smart, respected, vocal team leader. Very durable, experienced, four-year starter. Good football intelligence.


Is a tad undersized with small hands and short arms. Uses a three-quarters delivery that could lead to batted balls. Works heavily out of the shotgun in a spread offense and footwork could require adjustment to working from under center. Does not always feel pressure in the pocket. Does not rip the deep out or drive the ball with high RPMs. Undershoots and often hangs the deep ball. Makes receivers work for the ball downfield and deep accuracy could stand to improve. Makes a lot of simple, one-look reads and was not heavily challenged by consistent pressure or complex looks in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

A decorated, FCS passer, Garoppolo could excite quarterback coaches with his quick delivery, mental make-up and work habits, yet he still needs to prove he can fit the ball into tight windows and do more than carve up soft shells the way he regularly did on his way to a record-breaking performance in college. Possesses the physical tools to eventually earn an NFL starting job in a rhythm passing game with continued refinement, but is more of a caretaker than a game changer and will require some patience adapting to the NFL game.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.