When Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta met with media members Friday, he didn’t get a podium like 10 of the other quarterbacks at the 2018 NFL Combine. Instead he was relegated to one of the tables on the side.
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Lauletta still drew a crowd, though, including a large group of reporters who cover the New England Patriots.
Garoppolo measured in at 6’2 1/4, 226 pounds at the 2014 Combine. Cedric Ogbuehi Authentic Jersey Lauletta came in at 6’2, 5/8, 221 pounds on Thursday. Both found success as leaders of FCS squads. Garoppolo was the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. Lauletta was MVP of the Senior Bowl.
I definitely see some similarities, Lauletta said of Garoppolo. He’s obviously an FCS guy. He has quick feet. He’s accurate. He’s an outstanding leader from the soundbites I’ve seen. As a quarterback, you have to be a great communicator, and Jimmy is a great communicator. It just seems like he has a mojo to him, a little bit of a swagger to him, that is infectious. He’s a player I’d love to model my game around.
Every team would love to find the next Garoppolo. The jury is still out if he’s actually worth $27.5 million per year, but the 49ers probably have a star on their hands. Who wouldn’t want that?
Even teams with an entrenched starter at quarterback are usually on the lookout for a young passer they can groom for the future.
The Combine wasn’t always the blockbuster end to the NFL’s league year that it is today. In fact, it’s only been on television since 2004, and at the beginning it wasn’t even carried live.
In 1985 the three camps were merged to share the costs. The league opted to have NFS 锟斤拷 which ran the largest camp at the time 锟斤拷 coordinate the centralized event. After holding the event in Phoenix (1985) and in New Orleans (1986), NFL moved the combine to its home city of Indianapolis, where it remains today.
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While the Combine has a consistent home in Indianapolis, it was largely under wraps for years. As recently as 2007, only team personnel were allowed in the actual stadium while the Combine was going on.
The drills are closed to the news media and to the public; there has been some talk of opening the stands to fans. Reporters stand outside the closed doors of the RCA Dome, waiting in the hallways for team officials, players or player agents to tell them what happened on the field.