The Elite 11 Finals born a quarterback camp has become more akin to a reality
television production spanning five days in which the quarterbacks had roughly
30 live throws in which to be graded in their on field performance. The pace for
each quarterback looked like this:
Thursday - 8 Throws 7v7
Friday - 8 Throws 7v7
Saturday - 8 Throws 7v7
Sunday AM - 4 Throws Redzone
Sunday PM - up to 8 throws, as few as one for two minute drill
It was a pace that tested the patience of the most die-hard recruitniks and scouts in attendance alike. With trips to the beach for a Navy-Seal style bootcamp workout at 4 A.M. and chalk talk sessions behind closed doors, the final television product for ESPN should look spectacular when it airs in early August, but the on-field action was limited.
Here is a condensed look at all five sessions in full high definition, along with my own rankings for the on field performance.
**Disclaimer** Ranking players off of 30 throws at a shorts and t-shirt event after having seen these players for over a year is for entertainment purposes only. Don't expect players to jump up in down in the actual Scout rankings after 30 throws. If you have any questions about specific players and their performances as it relates to Elite 11 or how each player fits to your team, please click here:
1. Shane Morris (Michigan) (HD Video)
The biggest arm at the camp, Morris shook off a rough outing on his first day to steadily improve each week. Morris is capable of making throws that only a few in this class can hope to match. Needs to develop better field vision and consistency.
2. Kevin Olsen (Miami) (HD Video)
Some might question his arm strength, but Olsen always seems to have as much arm as he needs on any given throw. Neck and neck with Morris for the top passer of the week.
3. Asiantii Woulard (USF) (HD Video)
Woulard was fighting a sore groin injury early in the week, but it didn't seem to have any effect on his right arm. Woulard was solid throughout the week, and finished as strong as anyone at the camp.
4. Max Browne (USC) (HD Video)
Browne saved his best for last as he got comfortable. Never spectacular, but Browne always seems to get the job done. He has a terrific makeup. When it's a 3rd and 12, Browne is on my very short list of quarterbacks who I want to have the ball in their hands.
5. Jared Goff (California) (HD Video)
California cool is a good way to describe Goff. He plays the game effortlessly and has a live, wiry arm.
6. Brice Ramsey (Georgia) (HD Video)
An interception on his two-minute drill not withstanding, Ramsey was one of the best performers of the week. Coming from an option offense, Ramsey has a steeper learning curve than most, but he has a better right arm than nearly all.
7. Cooper Bateman (Alabama) (HD Video)
Like The Opening, Bateman got better and better as the week went on. Maybe the safest bet in the entire class of 2013, Bateman has a plus arm and sees the field better than anyone at the event.
8. Anthony Jennings (LSU) (HD Video)
Jennings is a good athlete, but he'd be perfectly comfortable in a 7v7 when he's not allowed to run. In fact, he was perfectly comfortable, and was one of two players to lead his teammates to three touchdowns in four throws during the redzone portion (Del Rio the other).
9. Joshua Dobbs (Arizona State) (HD Video)
Calm cool and collected, one of the more unheralded invitees, Dobbs didn't shrink from the challenge, he rose to it. Dobbs stands tall in the pocket and has a quick release. He has a frame that will allow him to add plenty of weight.
10. Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) (HD Video)
Upside is the term that will be thrown around with Hackenberg. When he's on, he's the best quarterback at the camp. He needs to develop more patience in the pocket and be more consistent when he comes off of his first read.
11. Devante Kincade (Ole Miss) (HD Video)
Has to be considered the surprise of the camp. Built like a defensive back or receiver, the ball jumps out of Kincade's hand. A spectacular athlete, it was apparent on rollouts that Kincade was itching to run, but he doesn't have to to be effective.
12. Malik Zaire (Notre Dame) (HD Video)
Like Ramsey, Zaire is in a wing-t offense and may be the other player who got the most from the camp (along with Ramsey). If one didn't know that Zaire didn't play in a passing offense, the response might be, "Why not? That kid can throw." The lefty has a quick release and a strong arm.
13. Troy Williams (Washington) (HD Video)
Williams had the least amount of travel to Redondo Beach being from Narbonne High School just down the road, and after hitting the scene as a ninth grader, Williams has continued to improve. A strong enough arm, Williams can at times push the ball, but he sees the field well and after all of his experience as a starter, he's calm and poised in the pocket.
14. J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) (HD Video)
Not an event that's going to showcase what Barrett does best as a dual-threat quarterback, but I was still impressed with the quick release and the strong arm. Barrett's accuracy wasn't bad, but it wasn't sharp enough to move him up the list.
15. Austin Allen (Arkansas) (HD Video)
Physically unassuming, Allen does a good job of putting the ball where it needs to be. A Max Browne light so to speak, a little smaller, not quite as strong an arm, but does everything right.
16. Shane Cockerille (Maryland) (HD Video)
The big lefty is built like a linebacker and has a cannon for a left arm. Cockerille would be on my short list of strongest arms at the camp.
17. Danny Etling (Purdue) (HD Video)
A hot and cold week, Etling can at times throw the prettiest spiral on the field, and wrapped up the short list of guys I considered heavily for the Top 11.
18. Luke Del Rio (Oklahoma State) (HD Video)
A bit of a gambler, Del Rio doesn't possess the strongest arm of the group, but can be in line to make the most big plays. One of the few guys who enjoyed throwing the ball downfield consistently and was rewarded with three touchdowns in four throws during redzone.
19. Davis Webb (Texas Tech) (HD Video)
Webb has a great frame and has plenty of arm. He needs to continue filling out his frame and getting stronger.
20. Cody Thomas (Oklahoma) (HD Video)
Thomas has all the tools, but he's erratic with his reads and placement of the ball.
(Last 5 are Alphabetical)
Zach Allen (Syracuse) (HD Video)
Showed flashes of ability, but doesn't possess the physical tools from an athleticism or arm strength standpoint of most of the other participants.
Riley Ferguson (Tennessee) (HD Video)
Forget the throws, evaluate Ferguson on toughness. He threw the ball with a broken thumb. While most player would ice their shoulders after an event, Ferguson would have his hand wrapped in ice.
Zack Greenlee (uncommitted) (HD Video)
In over his head a bit physically, Greenlee lacks the arm to consistently get the ball downfield.
Johnny Stanton (Nebraska) (HD Video)
Not one of the better passers of the event, but Stanton showed more than enough arm strength and accuracy to keep a team honest. He might be the last guy picked for a 7v7, but if I was playing real football game tomorrow, Stanton would be my first pick.
Tyrone Swoopes (Texas) (HD Video)
Swoopes is the quarterback most likely to have consecutive throws that will first make my jaw drop, then make me shake my head on the successive throw. A wild stallion of sorts, Swoopes is capable of making the spectacular throw, then missing the easy one. Like many of the dual-threat guys, Swoopes benefited from the experience but was out of his element in what was deemed a competition.