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Jim Harbaugh works out quarterback prospect Jimmy Garoppolo

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Jimmy Garoppolo is steadily rising up everybody's mock draft boards.

The former Eastern Illinois University quarterback was a star in the FCS, winning the Walter Payton award for best player and breaking Tony Romo's school records along the way.

And now San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has got up close and personal with one of the better quarterbacks in the 2014 draft.

Harbaugh was at Garoppolo's pro day - held at Northwestern - and put the youngster through a private workout to get an idea of how good he is.

Whilst this doesn't mean that the 49ers are set to use a pick on him, it indicates that Coach Harbaugh possesses a liking for the 22-year old.

And what with the upcoming negotiations with Colin Kaepernick's supposed $18 million a year contract which could go awry, Garoppolo could become a man the Niners turn to if they need a new quarterback.

Garoppolo went from virtual unknown to a star in this year’s Draft class after his performances in the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and the most recent NFL Scouting Combine.

Before these events Garoppolo was expected to be taken in and around the fourth or fifth round of the draft, but after catching the eye of a lot of scouts and talent assessors he is a stonewall second rounder ahead of the likes of A.J McCarron of Alabama and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.

In his senior year at EIU, Garoppolo posted up huge numbers. He connected on 375 of his 568 passes for over 5000 yards and threw for an incredible 53 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.

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