Jan 20, 2014; Fairhope, AL, USA; South Squad quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois (10) drops back to pass during practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo impresses on Day 1 of Senior Bowl practice

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Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had an impressive performance last week during practices for the East-West Shrine Game, and he had the opportunity to continue improving at the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama as a late addition.

After just one day of practice, Garoppolo continues to impress the scouts and he is gaining momentum as the clear-cut top quarterback carrying the “small school” label.

From Rob Rang of CBS Sports:

Garoppolo continued the positive momentum he’d gained from the East-West Shrine Game with an impressive initial practice. While he does not possess Carr’s howitzer, Garoppolo has a very quick set-up and release and frequently threw led his receivers away from defenders, showing better ball-placement than Carr on several of his throws.

There is still plenty of time left for Garoppolo to continue rising up draft boards and he will do that by continuing to outshine the likes of Tajh Boyd, Logan Thomas and Carr.

Carr is considered a first-round talent who could be drafted in the top ten, so the fact that Garoppolo has outperformed him early on in Mobile is a positive sign for his draft stock.

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