The Kansas City Chiefs hold the 23rd overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. This time last year, the Chiefs would have loved to have the crop of quarterbacks that will be entering the draft. One of the more intriguing quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft is Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.
Garoppolo played for the Eastern Illinois Panthers for four years. He finished his college career with 13,156 passing yards and 118 touchdowns. Garoppolo also rushed for eight touchdowns.
Jimmy Garoppolo Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.97 seconds
Vertical jump – 30.5 inch
Broad jump – 110.0 inch
3-cone drill – 7.04 seconds*
20-yard shuttle – 4.26 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Reports seem to vary on where Garoppolo will be drafted. CBS Sports ranks him as the fifth best quarterback in the draft and projects him to be selected sometime in the second round. NFL.com, however, thinks Garoppolo is more likely to go in the third or fourth round of the draft.
“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.” – NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Jimmy Garoppolo
The first four quarterbacks that I covered in this year’s draft were stretches as far as who could come to Kansas City. Garoppolo is actually a realistic choice for the Chiefs, as they’re not looking to draft an immediate starting quarterback.
Kansas City has Alex Smith for the time being and while Smith did a great job his first season as a Chief, it doesn’t hurt to have someone sitting behind him learning the ropes. Chase Daniel more than likely won’t be anything more than a back up and who knows what the Chiefs will do with Tyler Bray?
FanSided wrote a great article on Garoppolo, saying not to judge him too much on where he played his college ball at, but to judge him on his game play. The article goes on to say that the Arizona Cardinals would be a good fit for Garoppolo.
The Chiefs don’t have a second round pick this year and I don’t see them spending their first rounder on a quarterback (unless it were one of the other four I’ve written about) so basically it’ll come down to if Garoppolo is still on the board in the third or fourth round. If he is, it might be tempting to draft him, as he could sit behind Smith for a few seasons and learn the offense.
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