Scouts believe Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sits outside the elite group of signal-callers in the 2014 NFL draft class, but Garoppolo doesn't consider himself a second-tier prospect.
"I like to think I'm pretty close in comparison to Aaron Rodgers," Garoppolo told CSN Chicago's SportsTalk Live. "He's very athletic and gets the ball out quickly. He's very knowledgeable of the game, controls the offense totally and that's something I try to do. Just know the offense inside and out, and if you're able to do that as a quarterback, it makes your team that much better."
Garoppolo seems poised go off the board before the end of Day 2 of the draft, but he will need to work on his pocket presence if he hopes to reach the same level as Rodgers. The good news for Garoppolo, however, is that he has a lightning fast release and a good head on his shoulders that should allow him to at least land on a roster for the next few years as, at least, a valuable backup.