Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was at Northwestern’s Pro Day to watch Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in person.
After his workout, Garoppolo was asked specifically about O’Brien.
"He’s awesome,” the Illinois native said Tuesday. “He’s an energetic guy. I got to work with him a little bit and he’s a quarterback guru. He knows his stuff and I’m trying to steal a little bit of his knowledge and put it into my game.”
The Texans coaching staff has seen a lot of Garoppolo in person lately and he’s played well in front of them.
Garoppolo, who’s known for his quick release, won the offensive MVP of the East-West Shrine game in which his East team beat the West team that was coached by Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
The 22-year-old then traveled immediately to Mobile to replace Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the Senior Bowl. Texans general manager Rick Smith and O’Brien were both at the Senior Bowl all week and had the opportunity to watch Garoppolo extensively.
If the Texans go with any other player than a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, Garoppolo could be selected by the Texans with the first pick of the second round.
The senior has been training for this pro day and the combine with former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer. He also broke all of Tony Romo’s career school records and won the Walter Payton Award after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. He also finished his college career with 13,156 passing yards and 118 passing touchdowns.