Jimmy Garoppolo compares self to Aaron Rodgers

Jimmy Garoppolo has drawn comparisons to — and endorsements fromTony Romo, partly because the two quarterbacks hail from the same college, Eastern Illinois.

Though, if you ask Garoppolo, his game is similar to another popular NFC signal-caller.

“I like to think I’m pretty close in comparison to Aaron Rodgers,” Garoppolo said, via CSNChicago.com. “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, it makes your team that much better.”

It’s a gaudy comparison, but Garoppolo isn’t too far off. By all accounts, he possesses a very quick release and solid footwork in the pocket, not unlike the Packers’ superstar. However, he reportedly has major pocket presence issues, which have been lamented by scouts and media types since last month’s Scouting Combine.

Garoppolo likely won’t hear his name called in the first-round, but almost certainly will be off the board in the second. He’d be happy to land anywhere, but has just a bit of preference — the Windy City.

“That’s always been my dream since Day 1,” Garoppolo said. “I’ve always been a Bears fan, huge Chicago fan in every sport, but Bears especially. [My] whole family grew up that way and were raised that way, so if that could happen … it would really be a dream come true.”

The Bears would indeed be an ideal landing spot, as they lost backup quarterback Josh McCown in free agency and have coach Marc Trestman, a renowned quarterback guru, at the helm. They could do much worse than having Garoppolo hold a clipboard in 2014.

Zack Kelberman
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