Senior Bowl: Evaluating Carr, Garoppolo
January, 22, 2014
By Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl | ESPN.com
USA TODAY SportsJimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr each have shown tantalizing flashes of talent at the Senior Bowl.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Quarterback play tends to be the focus of many NFL draft discussions, and the six at the 2014 Senior Bowl have certainly garnered their fair share of attention.
Some of these guys are relatively well-known commodities, and in the cases of Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Miami's Stephen Morris and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, their performances so far this week haven't significantly varied from what we expected coming in.
Boyd's best day of practice was Tuesday, when he wasn't great, but was more consistent throwing the ball than Morris and Thomas. But the bottom line with him is that he's a shorter QB who continues to struggle to see the field, go through his progressions and anticipate throws.
Morris measured as surprisingly small (just 6-foot-1, 208 pounds), and while he makes some throws that kind of keep you intrigued, he still needs a lot of work with his consistency.
Thomas is the most intriguing of all the QBs here in terms of his developmental potential, given his big arm (he makes a lot of “wow” throws) and 6-5, 250-pound frame, and he showed some improvement throughout the week. But his footwork is still all over the place and a team that drafts him is going to have to be very patient with him.
The two guys who are gaining a little more buzz, and perhaps carrying more varying opinions about them among NFL scouts, are Fresno State's Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo. As we wrote on Monday, this year's QB class isn't as deep as we expected it would be, and there's a question as to either of these guys could potentially emerge in that second tier of QBs behind UCF's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
Let's take a look at what each of these guys does well, including how they've performed in Mobile, and what the remaining questions are about them as prospects. They certainly have scouts intrigued. But will they be deemed worthy of a high draft pick?
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