Instead of hitching their wagon to Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles, maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars should wait until this coming weekend to really decide if chasing a quarterback with their first pick is really worth it.
In six days, the Jaguars and the rest of the NFL will see Jimmy Garoppolo play in his second all-star game in as many weeks.
“Excuse me,” you might be asking. “Who?” How about the kid from Eastern Illinois who lit it up at the East/West Shrine Game this past weekend, outplaying the likes of Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch. How about the guy who comes from the same school as Tony Romo and hopes he can be as successful as the Dallas Cowboys star with a few more playoff wins.
The Jaguars will have a chance to see Garoppolo as well as Fresno State’s Derek Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales close up and personal.
"I wasn't used to coming off the bench, so I had to get warmed up. But the coaches called some good plays to get me in a rhythm, and the offensive line did a great job as well," Garoppolo said in a story on ESPN.com.
"Out here it's just about the competition, whether you're at a small school or a big school you still have to show you can get the job done," the Eastern Illinois quarterback added. "I believe I'm one of the best players in the nation, and that's the mindset I play with."
The Jaguars have some big decisions to make in the next few months concerning free agents and the upcoming Draft. Would someone like Garoppolo be a better choice in say the second or third round and would let the team select a pass rusher in the first round, or do they take one of the top three quarterbacks - all of which have flaws?
Garoppolo will be on the radar for Jacksonville this weekend at the Senior Bowl. Head coach Gus Bradley and his staff will be in Mobile coaching the South team, which will feature the Eastern Illinois passer.