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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo was drafted out of Eastern Illinois in the 2ndround of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his senior year he threw for 5,050 yards (8.9 YPA) and 53 TDs, breaking the school record previously held by another QB you might know – Tony Romo. Drafted as Tom Brady’s backup and eventual predecessor, Garoppolo played sparingly in 2014 and 2015, but continually learned from one of the greatest NFL QBs of all-time. In 2016 Garoppolo took over for Brady as he was suspended in the hilariously unfounded Deflategate scandal, and he was playing well until he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Those were the only 2 games Garoppolo played that year. There were rumors swirling before the 2017 season that the Patriots were going to trade Garoppolo before the season started but they ended up waiting until the end of October, and sent him to the 49ers for a 2nd round pick. Starting in Week 12 for the 49ers, he lead them to 5 straight wins, passing for 1,560 yards, 7 TDs, 8.8 YPA. With excitement growing heading into the 2018 season, Garoppolo only lasted 3 games before suffering a substantial knee injury.
As far as we know, Garoppolo didn’t suffer any injuries during his time in college, which is pretty impressive I must say. In Week 2 of the 2016 season Jimmy G suffered a sprained shoulder, AC joint. Depending on the severity, these can take anywhere from 1 week to 8 weeks to fully heal. He didn’t require surgery on it and didn’t actually play in another game the entire year (since he was the backup). There are no long term concerns with this shoulder. After signing the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history ($90M) with the 49ers, Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL as well as MCL damage on September 23rd, but the damage must have been minimal given how quickly he had surgery, only 10 days later. Most elite athletes return to the field after suffering a ACL tear is 9-12 months. Now the position and amount of running will impact how quickly the athlete feels back to full strength, flexibility and agility. Garoppolo will be about 11 months post-operative when he suits up in Week 1 this season, and he should feel pretty confident entering his age-27 season.
Jimmy G has the potential post some sneaky numbers in 2019, as he has a solid unit of weapons this year including top 3 TE George Kittle, Dante Pettis, rookie Deebo Samuel, underrated rookie Jalen Hurd, oft-injured speedster Marquise Goodwin and receiving backs Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and (currently injured) Jerick McKinnon. Garoppolo was posting respectable yards-per-attempt (YPA) in 2017 of 8.8, and anything close to 9.0 is impressive (9.9 is the highest in modern-day football by Kurt Warner during his historic 2000 season). With Kyle Shanahan running the show, he has produced 6 top-ten offenses in his 11 seasons. He loves to utilize play-action plays, was middle of the road with pace-of-play (16th) but that will likely increase this year with a healthy Jimmy G. Currently being drafted as the 19th QB off the board in PPR leagues, going in the 12th round after Dak and before Cousins. Jimmy G has MVP-potential especially with an exciting cast around him. Draft him with confidence.
Injury Risk: Moderate. 4/10.