The NFL draft is just a few months away and fans are starting to get excited about who their team might add. Before the draft however, is the NFL Combine.
At the NFL Combine, hundreds of NFL hopefuls will come to Indianapolis to show how many times they can lift 225 pounds, and be timed in the 40-yard dash. They will run drills in the morning and be interviewed by GMs and coaches in the afternoon, all in hopes of impressing them enough to be selected in the draft.
I intend to be identifying one player at each position that I believe is a “must watch” for the Dallas Cowboys’ fans when they tune in to watch the NFL Combine. Here we are going to be looking at the quarterback position.
The quarterback that is a “must watch” is Jimmy Garoppolo. Most fans probably don’t know a lot about Garoppolo mainly because of where he went to school. Jimmy played his college football at a small school that Cowboys fans should be very familiar with—Eastern Illinois. That’s right—the same school as Tony Romo. Not only did Garoppolo play there, but he also broke Romo’s school records for TDs, yards and completions.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 222 pounds, Garoppolo has an NFL QB build to him. However, the knock against him is that he comes from a small school that competed against other small schools. Most NFL scouts project him to be drafted somewhere between the fourth and six rounds of the draft.
With Romo being 34 and coming off another back surgery, I believe Dallas must start thinking about the future at the QB position. It does not have to find a guy that can start right away, but it does need to find a guy it can develop for the future. With Garoppolo being projected for the middle rounds of the draft, and with Dallas’ familiarity and past success with a QB from Eastern Illinois, he might be a perfect fit for the Cowboys.
Dallas will be observing and interviewing many different QBs at the Combine, but the one that is a “must watch” for the Cowboys is Jimmy Garoppolo.