Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't tested in college like some of the other top quarterback prospects. (Stephen Haas/AP)
Nothing against Jimmy Garoppolo, but when you think of the quarterback class in the 2014 NFL draft, the former Eastern Illinois signal caller doesn't immediately come to mind. He might not even be among the top-five prospects, but according to former NFL general manager and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, Garoppolo is the best quarterback in the draft -- at least on tape.
Casserly (formerly the Washington Redskins, Houston Texans GM) recently told WDAE-AM in Tampa that he feels Garoppolo has probably the best tape of all the quarterbacks in the draft, though he did admit that his level of competition was not comparable to that of the more highly touted prospects.
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Citing what he called "the best release in the draft," Casserly suggested many were sleeping on Garoppolo. Despite the praise, he ended by saying that Blake Bortles was the No. 1 quarterback on his draft board.
As for Casserly, he has a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough, selecting players such as Brian Mitchell (5th round), Stephen Davis (4th round), Keenan McCardell (12th round) and Frank Wycheck (6th round) during his time as a GM. So when he praises someone, people tend to listen.