Don’t let anyone tell you the Shrine Bowl doesn’t matter. A number of players helped improve their stock for the 2014 NFL Draft in the East/West Shrine game – most notably Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to NFL.com‘s Daniel Jeremiah, Garoppolo was the “biggest winner” in Saturday’s game, displaying “very quick feet in his setup (and) a lightning-quick release and accuracy to all three levels”. Jeremiah also pointed out that Garoppolo showcased impressive “command and poise” in the pocket.
Aside from Jeremiah’s praise, Garoppolo also fared well statistically, completing 9-of-14 passes for 100 yards and no turnovers. He helped the East to a 23-13 victory, earning offensive MVP honors.
Garoppolo didn’t face elite competition at Eastern Illinois, but has solid size and mobility. If he shows well against at the Senior Bowl, Garoppolo could improve his stock even more. As it stands, he’s shaping up as a mid-round pick.