At different times I've wanted to compare Kyle Lauletta to Jimmy Garoppolo and there's something to that but there's probably a guy that fits the Jimmy comparison a little better.
As someone that adored Garoppolo coming out, here's what made Jimmy the prospect he was. These were the key traits that made you know that you were talking about Jimmy Garoppolo:
1. Operated a BLINDING speed offense at the FCS level. It was an Art Briles offense on cocaine. The speed with which Jimmy organized and orchestrated it was just flat impressive.
2. He had the quickest god darn feet in the draft, and the quickest god darn delivery in the draft. Nobody had more active feet. Nobody had a quicker punch delivery. Though his arm strength was marginal NFL caliber.
3. He had fantastic post-snap execution at all levels, whether you're talking hand-offs, fakes, movement, or accuracy, though his shot selection was predominated by shorter throws. His total execution and offensive management were very much like an upper level point guard in the NBA.
4. Though his feet were quick enough to feel like he should be able to do damage this way, he was really not very managing pressure in the backfield. I had a pretty good argument with Sigmund Bloom about this, as Bloom and Matt Waldman were convinced it was so bad as to be impossible for Jimmy to end up a good pro, and I thought they were making too big a deal of something that was there, but not fatal.
So as I look around the guy who actually reminds me of all this is...Chris Streveler.
1. He operated a high speed hurry up offense.
2. He has the quickest delivery in the draft.
3. He's a full offense execution guy, dual threat, whole offense is basically on his shoulders.
4. Unlike Jimmy, he actually does VERY well with bodies in the backfield.
It's just been really fun to watch and track Chris Streveler's career. I could really go on and on about the guy. He's just one of those prospects.
Here's a highlight of final game as a collegiate athlete. Note what you're watching here. Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State made it rain all over the South Dakota defense in the first half, and I believe went out to a 41-14 halftime lead. Streveler was very vocal at the half with the rest of the team and actually brought them to 44-42 in the fourth quarter, before Briscoe finished them off 54-42.https://youtu.be/MxV0QCdhUZ8
This is a guy that early in his career at Minnesota lost a QB battle with Mitch Leidner (gross), but instead of just taking that he volunteered to move to other positions like TE, FB, RB, WR, in order to help his team. Eventually he decided to transfer in order to give playing QB a real shot again. His first year at South Dakota (2016) was a little rough and to be honest when I watched the film I wasn't all that interested, but it was because he hadn't played the position in a few years and he was just getting back into it. The growth from 2016 to 2017 though was incredible, and I kept seeing him get better, and better, and better every game in 2017, despite having a glove over his throwing hand in the second half of the year because of a nasty throwing hand injury.
He walks out of South Dakota with two Masters degrees (how the eff does that even happen?), having won more games at that school than they've won in over a decade, including a playoff win. He was a Walter Payton Award finalist. He was his conference MVP.
Helps that he's 6'2" & 209 lbs, runs a 4.45, 38.5" vertical, 10'5" broad jump.