Eleven quarterbacks stand out on second day of Nike's Elite 11
MALIBU, Calif. -- It may be called the Elite 11, but at Nike's national quarterback event on the campus of Pepperdine, 24 of the best arms in America were competing. Here's a look at the 11 that separated themselves on the second day of action at the camp.
Winston spent most of the day throwing alongside current Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel and the similarities between the two were evident. Winston spun the ball consistently all day and closed strong as one of only two quarterbacks to hit the target on deep balls during the accuracy competition.
One of the strongest arms at the event, Voytik also showed tremendous poise and accuracy. When receivers were coming out of their breaks, the college quarterbacks were on a different level in terms of their timing and ball placement. But Voytik was the exception. He was one of the few high school prospects that was able to successfully control his timing, velocity and ball placement.
For the second day in a row, Mangum won the Golden Arm accuracy competition and second place wasn't close. Mangum is continuing to prove that he is as good as any prospect in the country by displaying tremendous confidence, a quick, clean release and plenty of arm.
The smallest prospect at the event, Patti looked to have the biggest arm on Tuesday. When other quarterbacks were laboring late in the day to sniff the target on the deep ball in the accuracy competition, Patti was effortless in his attempts. He also was very good throwing on the run and outside the pocket, not losing any zip on the football. Throwing alongside current Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, it became apparent that Patti's stature shouldn't keep him from achieving plenty of success under Chris Peterson.
The body of work with Kiel is what puts him on this list. He just goes out and chops wood, making throw after throw and rarely showing weaknesses. Kiel is one of the more physically developed passers among the high school prospects with a strong upper body and big-time arm strength. Even when talking to prospects following workouts, unsolicited praise comes quickly.
Mocking the California heat by wearing a sweatshirt all workout, Dewey threw with great purpose on Tuesday. Dewey demonstrated very good footwork all day, allowing him to square his shoulders and make decisive throws. He had a clean, quick delivery and the ball came out with great spin, almost always on target. One area where he looked extremely comfortable was his movement inside the pocket, using his feet to avoid rushers, reset and still make a strong, accurate delivery.
Kelly's mobility and proficiency outside the pocket are well-documented but he really stepped up to the occasion on Tuesday with his drop back game. He possessed a clean delivery, always seemed to have his feet under him and was repeatedly on target all day. Kelly does a good job of always throwing on balance and will be able to improvise a lot on the next level to make a variety of throws. He was productive both inside and outside the pocket.
Consistent with his De La Salle background, Houston showed an even keel demeanor throughout Tuesday's workouts. He didn't let bad throws bother him and reacted to good throws as if they were expected. In the intermediate passing game, Houston put the ball on a string and was particularly good when asked to move within the pocket, locating and hitting wide receivers.
O'Connor presents a complete game at quarterback. His consistency and ability in every drill earned O'Connor a spot on Tuesday's top 11. He showed very nice touch throughout the afternoon, threw catchable balls and caught on quickly when reading defenses.
Another day and another solid performance for Brewer. There weren't many prospects in attendance that hit their targets as consistently as Brewer. Some excel when it comes to throwing at stationary targets or making plays on air, but Brewer steps up when fitting the ball into tight spaces or hitting receivers on the second level and beyond in stride. Rarely does he make a throw that doesn't allow his receiver to make a play after the catch.
In a class full of quarterbacks with limited height, Wilson is one of the few prospects at the Elite 11 event that has an NFL-type frame. He's 6-foot-6 and rail thin, but has a frame that should allow him to pack on weight. At times Wilson has some inconsistencies, but he has a very quick release and a strong arm that allows minimal time between his decision point and the ball's arrival.
• One of the benefits to the Elite 11 camp is the film sessions that the prospects have access to, working with quarterback gurus like Trent Dilfer. Following each day of film study and 'chalk talk' sessions, an award is given to the Xos Best in Film. Monday's winner was Austin Appleby. Also one of the most physically advanced prospects at the event, Appleby could see playing time early in 2012 at Purdue.
• E.J. Manuel looked to be taking an interest in five-star Jameis Winston's day. The two were side by side for much of the morning with Manuel passing on tips and encouragement. With Winston set to decide his college between Alabama, LSU and Florida State, Manuel's presence certainly doesn't hurt the Seminoles.
• Mangum earned his second Golden Arm award in the accuracy competition, and second place went to North Carolina commit Patton Robinette. Third place was a tie between Jameis Winston and Jake Rodrigues.