Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) after fumbling the ball. USA Today Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars ‘really like’ Jimmy Garoppolo


The Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the best, rising HC-GM combinations in the league in Gus Bradley and David Caldwell, so the organization is definitely in safe hands as their rebuild continues. We’ve generally been under the impression that Caldwell is a great GM who knows what he’s doing and won’t sacrifice the team’s future by drafting a quarterback for the sake of drafting one. This has led many to believe that it’s more likely for the Jaguars to wait on a first round quarterback this year, and at this point most people believe that the Jaguars will take a QB in the second round after snagging a top player at another position in the first; there are even some rumblings that they could trade down if the price is right.

Right now, the focus is on the second-tier QBs and QBs who could slip into the second round for the Jaguars, and one of those QBs worth focusing in on the closest is Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo. The MMQB’s Peter King reports that the Jaguars “really like” Garoppolo, so there’s a chance the Jaguars could scoop him up in the second.

I think the best kind of draft for the Jaguars would have them pulling a guy like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack in the first and then a quarterback like Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater if one of them (I highly doubt it’s Bridgewater) slips into the second. Heck, I wouldn’t see an issue with snagging Blake Bortles there. King adds in his piece that more QBs could be taken in the second than the first, and Garoppolo will likely be part of that run on second-round QBs. If the Jaguars are sold on him as the pick in the 2nd, then I definitely trust their judgment. However, I’m not a big fan of Garoppolo, because he is only a so-so decision-maker who struggles under pressure. To his credit, he has a nice release, solid zip, and good placement. I think he’s worth the pick for the Jaguars, but I believe he’s a project at this point. But if the Jaguars “really like” him and don’t want to pay premium for a passer, then they should add on Garoppolo.

King also reports that the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, and Cleveland Browns are also considering taking passers with second and third-round picks instead of snagging one in the top five.


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  • Jimbo El Bimbo

    Nice article Joe but I wonder: How does Peter King know this?

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Great question, and it leads to a whole debate about how seriously to take pre-draft information. King is one of the most well-known writers around, so this nugget is built on at least one credible source within the league and/or Jaguars organization. While the credibility of a reporter or their source should never be questioned, the honesty of their source is worth questioning since we’re outsiders and do not know the source’s intentions. This source could be leaking false info in order to create a smokescreen for their own purposes, and this happens several times. Even Mortensen has reports that smell like smokescreens, as he reported that Bridgewater looked poor at workouts; that could easily be a misleading leak from a team. To wit, Schefter reported that the Bills had trade interest in Chris Johnson, but a well-regarded Bills beat writer by the name of Tim Graham reported that it was the Titans who called the Bills in the first place and the Bills showed no interest; the Titans simply leaked this info to make it look like they didn’t release CJ2K outright (at least, that’s what the source close to Graham speculated).

      TL;DR: Sources are just people who know stuff in the league and have their own intentions for leaking info and their own level of knowledge about what they are leaking.