Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois (10) drops back to pass against the North squad during the second quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Jaguars could take Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2


Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the more impressive players during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama. Garoppolo was coached by Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff during the Senior Bowl, so there will obviously be more familiarity with that franchise than any other around the league.

Teams can often draft players that they are familiar with and grill during Senior Bowl week, so it is a very real possibility that the Jaguars find a way to add Garoppolo to their roster in the 2014 NFL Draft.

But how early could Garoppolo go?

According to the Florida Times-Union, Garoppolo could be the team’s second-round pick.

From the report:

If the Jaguars want to roll the dice in the second round of this year’s draft, they’ll select Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and hand him the keys to the offense.

Garoppolo was impressive in the Senior Bowl practices — his quick release has made him stand out compared to the two other South passers, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales.

While there more be more physically gifted players than Garoppolo in the draft class, the Jaguars have every right to take him if they are confident that he could become their franchise quarterback.

Waiting until Round 2 for a quarterback could also free the team up to draft a defensive stud like Jadeveon Clowney in the first round and then select the quarterback they covet at the top of the second.

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