A Second Bucs Interview For Jimmy Garoppolo

February 22nd, 2014

GarropoloThere’s been big hype for the small-school quarterback out of Eastern Illinois. Jimmy Garoppolo has been impressing scouts for weeks on various levels, and many view him as a second-round talent.

Garoppolo was interviewed by the Buccaneers at the East-West Shrine game last month, and Joe confirmed the Bucs interviewed Garoppolo again Thursday night.

Buccaneers QB coach Marcus Arroyo did the honors. Joe’s source is Garropolo himself, who talked to Joe at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Garropolo’s a confident kid from the school sent Sean Peyton and Tony Romo to the NFL.

On what he’s hearing from NFL teams, Garropolo said, “They like that I get the ball out quickly.”

As Joe’s written previously, Joe sees Garropolo as more of developmental project, much like Romo was. (Hear an excerpt of Joe and other reporters chatting with Garropolo yesterday. An audio assist to 620wdae.com.)

28 Responses to “A Second Bucs Interview For Jimmy Garoppolo”

  1. joseph mamma Says:

    I haven’t seen a snap of this kid yet, but I would bet that Glennon would beat this kid out in training camp.

  2. Ian_620WDAE Says:

    trade down in the 2nd round, pick up another 4th or even better a 3rd round pick and go get this kid with our mid to late 2nd round pick.

    The kid can sling it without fear and shows the mobility in the pocket that Glennon is lacking.

    Let him sit on the bench in 2014 and battle for the starting job in 2015.

  3. blind melon Says:

    IMO the only QB not named Teddy worth taking in this years draft.

  4. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Says:

    I know nothing about this kid

  5. Luther Says:

    Chris and Joeseph, you guys are in for a treat. Google his highlights and see for yourself. I feel he has way more upside than Glennon and I like Glennon.

  6. scotty Says:

    i don’t know anything about him, but the bucs do

  7. SAMCRO Says:

    If Jimmy is still there the Bucs should draft Jimmy with the sixth pick second round #38 overall. He will have to get buy Cleveland and Oakland a second time to get to us if he isn’t taken before them in the first round. The point is if the Bucs are looking for a QB who can possibly beat out Glennon he’ll have to grade out better than a third round pick. Otherwise you Glennon haters won’t get your wish, because Glennon is better than any of the QBs graded 3rd round and on.

  8. Ben Says:

    Lets hope bucs get a real qb who can throw on the run to his left , accurate on the long ball and is mobile. It starts with the qb so whatever it takes!

  9. Eric Says:

    Randy Hedberg.

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    Joe, any word on his ability to “pull” while in college? I need to know if i should be jealous of him or not.

    Good question. –Joe

  11. Chef Paul Says:

    LMAO @lightningbuc

  12. dmon Says:


  13. andres Says:

    @Ian_620WDAE dang crack head, please never be the Bucs GM.

  14. Eric Says:

    Already have a project we reached for in third round.

    Reaching for another one in the second won’t help.

    Get one of the elite guys or do not bother IMO.

  15. zam Says:

    I’d like to see game footage of him against a team that I have heard of at least once in my lifetime.

    The one youtube video I saw of him he was always throwing the ball like he was reclining backwards and then jumping up his right foot on release.

    Draft a QB who’s taken the time to master mechanics (like Brady or Gannon) and you’ll find they extend that discipline to the entirety of the game as professionals.

  16. SAMCRO Says:


    Eric just indirectly admitted that Glennon is better than any QB selected in the second round. He says it has to be a 1st rounder or nothing at all.

    We all know if they select a QB in the 1st Glennon will not get his shot.

    You remind me of the stubborn Captain who goes down with his ship.

    You’d rather die than give in. So far you have proven to me that it wouldn’t be beneath you to root against Glennon and the Bucs to prove your point.

  17. bigpoppabuc Says:

    Eric I believe development is the goal for this new staff. I feel that Tedford and Arroyo want a QB they can mold into what they want. A high second rounder on this guy is a bit of a reach, but he’s exactly the kind of competition we need to bring in.

    Glennon, Garoppolo and Vick would make for a very interesting camp battle, even though I’m not a believer in Vick.

  18. Joe Says:


    Gannon played college football (Deleware) at the same level as Garoppolo.

  19. Patrick Says:

    We shouldn’t take a quarterback unless we’re actually going to get the BEST one (Johnny Manziel). After wasting 5 years with Freeman (a 1st round QB pick), we better make sure that whoever we select is a hit. I don’t want to just settle for whatever quarterback is available when we pick.

  20. Owlykat Says:

    Grappolo played lights out in the East West Shrine Game and was better than any QB there. He also played in the Senior Bowl too and threw a TD pass. This kid can run rings around Turtle Glennon who chokes in the clutch every game and is a total sack magnet!

  21. Martinii Says:

    I believe that the players around a QB Play a significant role in the success or failure of that QB. Of course you have your Peyton Mannings and Tom Brady’s but you also have your Trent Dilfers, Brad Johnson’s, and Jim McMahon’s. I agree with Patrick take the “BEST” QB but don’t waste a pick on camp meat. Build a strong defense (Mack) and give your Trent, Brad, or Jim (Mike) enough weapons and protection to move the ball. Balance and consistency.

  22. SAMCRO Says:


    I agree with you

    I only advocate taking Garappolo in the 2nd round just to appease the Glennon Haters. He’s a second round prospect that would give Glennon a challenge. They would cry and pout if it were a 3rd rounder or deeper, and would probably root against Glennon. Every little mistake he made they would magnify it by 10. Exactly the same lame duck scenario that Freeman went through last year, but this time perpetuated by last years JF5 MOB. They just can’t stomach seeing the guy who replaced their guy succeed.

  23. PRBucFan Says:

    Oh my God…

    Vick never, he’ll never learn than he simply isn’t the pocket passer he’s desired to stubbornly prove he is.

    Bridgewater 1st, Bortles 2nd, Carr 3rd, than maybe this guy

    In the position we are in if we don’t do everything in our power to land him something tells me we’ll be watching him take the NFL by storm for years to come in regret.

  24. PRBucFan Says:

    him being Bridgewater

  25. c-spann Says:

    Aaron Murray that is all

  26. Brandon Says:

    joseph mamma Says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 10:27 am
    I haven’t seen a snap of this kid yet, but I would bet that Glennon would beat this kid out in training camp.


    Then why comment? It isn’t hard to find Jimmy’s exploits, he’s got tons of video on youtube. If the Bucs take Garropolo in round 2, I would bet he beats out Glennon. But that’s because I have watched plenty of film on both of them.

  27. RemyBuc Says:

    Not just Romo & Payton, but also Brad Childress, Mike Shanahan, and Mike Heimerdinger.

  28. BoJim Says:

    Brandon Says:

    ‘ But that’s because I have watched plenty of film on both of them.

    One on college film and one on NFL film. Hardly seems like a fair comparison.

    Hey, bring in the competition. I still think Glennon will start no matter who the competition. Will he play better next year? Most assuredly. Lovie concentrates on defense this year.