QB Search 2017: Player Profile Jimmy Garoppolo

*This is the first part of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future. 

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Name: Jimmy Garoppolo

Height: 6’2 1/4″

Weight: 225 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Eastern Illinois

NFL Team: New England Patriots

Draft Spot or Projection: 2nd round, 62nd overall (2014)

Strengths: Good, but not great size…Excellent usage of his eyes, scans the entire field…lightning fast release…accurate…smooth, natural delivery…good feet, helps evade pocket pressure, average pocket presence, resets himself after getting “happy feet” on occasions…very good ball placement…stays calm, leader on the field, does not show many ups and downs…executes his offense well…elite production at FCS school with 13,156 yards and 118 touchdowns…2013 Walter Payton Award winner…

Weaknesses: Velocity is not elite, but good enough…needs to continue to improve his decision making…deep ball accuracy issues…has tendency to go side arm at times…will take time to develop…holds the ball to long and needs to develop a better internal clock…gets happy feet when faced with pressure and does not show great form when forced to improvise…

Summary: When I wrote the original scouting report on Garoppolo in 2014, I saw him as a late second to early third round quarterback who would be an NFL starter if given the time to develop. After sitting behind Brady and working with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels over the past three seasons, he has been given the proper time to develop and has been taught by some of the best ever. If Garoppolo was in the 2017 draft with his current skill set, shown in minimal NFL playing time, I truly believe he would he would be a first round pick.

Up next: Bengals QB A.J. McCarron

Browns Hire Greg Williams as DC

The Cleveland Browns have hired former Rams defensive coordinator Greg Williams to the same position.

The hiring of Williams marks the end to the second, very short, tour of duty for outgoing Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Horton has now been fired by the Browns twice in four seasons, both times after one season.

Williams, who was fired after the season by LA, led a defense with the Rams that was ranked ninth in yards and 23rd in points allowed. The Browns defense, filled with youth, finished the 2016 season giving up the third most yards and second most points in the league.

While he is best known for his role in the bounty gate scandal while with the Saints, Williams is a leader of men and expects greatness on the field from his defense.

Browns head coach echoed those sentiments in his first words after the hiring, “We are thrilled that Gregg Williams is joining our staff as defensive coordinator,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. “Gregg has been an outstanding defensive coach in this league for a very long time. His defenses have frequently finished among the top ten in the league. He adapts his scheme to maximize the strengths of his personnel and has always been able to get the most out of his players. We look forward to him coming in, helping our players improve and helping us become the winning team we are all working towards.”

Sources: Browns Will Show Interest In Every Available Quarterback

Earlier today, reports came out that the Browns have a very real interest in trading for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The 6’3″, 25 year-old, backup to Tom Brady is one of the more attractive options that could be available this offseason, so it should come as no surprise that the quarterback starved Browns would have an interest. However, in late January, with only rookie Cody Kessler, the ghost of RGIII, and veteran journeyman Josh McCown on the roster, expect the Browns to show interest in any and all available quarterbacks. In fact, don’t be surprised if they end up trading for a signal caller AND drafting one in April in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Armed with 5 picks in the top 65, the Browns will have plenty of options available to them to make moves as they attempt to find the guy who will lead this team into the future. In the coming months, you will hear the names Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, and possibly Brad Kaaya in the NFL Draft and Garoppolo, AJ McCarron, as well as many others linked to the Browns.

If you are a fan of the Browns, as well as a fan of any of these guys, do not get your hopes up to soon. As this point there will be lots of smoke, but don’t expect fire until at least early March.

NFL Draft: Five Possible Guys for Browns at the Senior Bowl

One benefit of coming off a 1-15 season, if there is one, is the fact that the Cleveland Browns coaching staff will have a chance to coach incoming college seniors in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Head coach Hue Jackson and his staff will have hands on interaction with the South roster but also will be able to meet with North roster, something that can reap massive benefits going forward as they attempt to turn around the Browns franchise. With tons of holes on a young roster, the team will be able to select the best player available throughout the draft.

Most of the players in the Senior Bowl will be day two or three picks in the 2017 Draft. Here are ten guys to keep an eye on for the orange and brown.

Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

Kazee plays with a chip on his shoulder and always seems like he has something to prove. This was especially evident in Mobile. He competes and will work as hard as anyone, he also has quick feet and is someone the Browns could take a flyer on in round 4-6.

Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn

Melifonwu is a big safety at 6’4″ and 219 pounds. He has very good range in the middle of the field and also has the ability to cover tight ends and big wideouts and cause matchup nightmares with his size. He is one of the guys I cannot wait to see at the scouting combine at the end of February. Expect him to be taken anywhere between rounds 2-4.

Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

Tomlinson looked unblockable at times in the Senior Bowl practices. He is a solid run stuffer and looks to be pro ready. I could see the Browns lining him up next to Danny Shelton in between Emmanuel Ogbah and possibly number one overall pick Myles Garrett to give the orange and brown an exciting young defensive line. He could go anywhere from round three to late in round four in my opinion.

Ethan Pocic, C, LSU

At 6’7″ Pocic is a skyscraper at center, but he is also a very talented guy that could help solidify the interior of the Browns offensive line, where Cam Erving struggled much of the year before being sent to right tackle in the season finale. Pocic has the ability to start day one and could allow the Browns to keep Erving at right tackle. Pocic has the ability to be an early pick but could fall as low as early round 4 due to inconsistencies at times as a Tiger.

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

At 5’9″ and 170 pounds, Lewis is a bit small to be an outside corner in the NFL, but he has more than enough skills to make up for it. In the mold of Jason Verrett, Lewis can be an outstanding corner in the league and is one of my favorite players in the draft. If it wasn’t for his smaller stature he would be a day one pick in my opinion, but I expect him to go somewhere on day two.

 

 

 

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