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2014 NFL Draft: Jimmy Garoppolo Privately Worked Out By Texans

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Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the main attraction at the Northwestern pro day on Tuesday. Texans coach Bill O'Brien was on hand to see the former Panther for himself.

That's a powerful stream there, Jimmy.
That's a powerful stream there, Jimmy.
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Bill O’Brien has been hot on the pro day trail following the grind that is the NFL combine last week. Yesterday saw O’Brien putting Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage through his paces after the Pitt pro day, while today introduced a bit higher profile of a name to the fray.

While this can almost certainly be chalked up to O’Brien just "doing his homework", it is still intriguing nonetheless. Garoppolo is generally seen to be among the so-called second tier of signal-callers alongside Derek Carr, Tajh Boyd, Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, and Johnny Manziel. How late in the draft he would be available is still up for debate, but you could do worse than Garoppolo as a developmental later round quarterback if Jadeveon Clowney tickles Rick Smith’s fancy with the first overall pick.