July 19, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- The first day of the Elite 11 was an active one, consisting of almost two hours of workouts and practice. In alphabetical order, here are the first impressions of each quarterback in attendance.

Austin Allen, Fayetteville (Ark.): Allen is a thick kid who showed average arm strength, but good accuracy overall. In the target drills, he connected on two of the longer passes of the day.

Zach Allen, Temple (Texas): Allen looked smooth in his drops, and has a long frame and good mechanics. He was one of the more impressive quarterback early, but faded a bit toward the end.

J.T. Barrett, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider: Barrett isn't very tall, but he's a thick, well-built kid with a very strong arm. His release can be tighter at times, but he spun the ball well on Day 1.

Cooper Bateman, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood: Bateman is a tall and skinny quarterback with plenty of room to fill out. He looked much better at the start of the Elite 11 than he did at the start of The Opening. An Alabama commit, he was also one of the quarterbacks who hit the longer targets more frequently than others.

Max Browne, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline: The highest-rated quarterback in the 2013 class, Browne's performance has varied from camp to camp. He struggled at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, was very good at the The Opening and was so-so on Day 1 here. Browne's smarts are there and he sees the field well, but he struggles with accuracy at times.

Shane Cockerille, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School: Cockerille is a very thick, muscular lefty with a compact release and a lot of zip on the ball. His footwork isn't great, but he can sling it. His accuracy will improve once he gets his feet down.

Luke Del Rio, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian: Del Rio isn't a very big quarterback (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and his mechanics aren't always consistent, but he placed a couple of nice balls downfield when the targets came out. More than anything, he has a hitch in his delivery that needs to be corrected.

Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta (Ga.): Dobbs is a long, skinny kid with fluid motion and solid footwork. His arm strength is questionable, so he has a lot to prove over the course of this week.

Danny Etling, Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo: Etling is a big, strapping quarterback with a strong arm and a knack for making smart immediate reads. He gets into his drops pretty well, but he tends to drop his arm when he throws. To truly thrive, Etling needs to keep his release point higher.

Riley Ferguson, Matthews (N.C.) Butler: Ferguson had his throwing hand thumb taped, but fought through it and delivered mostly tight, accurate spirals. His biggest concern is that he hasn't grown much since his freshman year of high school and still needs to fill out a bit.

Jared Goff, Kentfield (Cal.) Marin Catholic: Goff is an accurate short and intermediate passer, but his arm strength downfield can be shaky. Though he has a good throwing motion, the ball tends to float on him. But this is a plus: Goff has one of the quickest releases of all the quarterbacks in attendance.

Zack Greenlee, Stockton (Cal.) Lincoln: Greenlee looks a little bit shorter than listed (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) and his arm strength is average, but his accuracy was pretty impressive. Unfortunately, he tended throw short -- and skip the ball at times -- on attempts longer than 15 yards.

Christian Hackenberg, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military: From a purely physical standpoint, Hackenberg was clearly one of the best-looking quarterbacks in attendance. He showed that he can make all the throws he's asked to, and his ceiling is potentially the highest of the group. Hackenberg was one of a few quarterbacks who really zipped the ball on Day 1.

Anthony Jennings, Marietta (Ga.): Jennings isn't very tall, but he's compact and well built. He won't wow scouts with his arm strength, but he can still get the ball where it needs to be on time. Perhaps most importantly, Jennings has good footwork and accuracy.

DeVante Kincade, Dallas (Texas) Skyline: Kincade is the smallest quarterback (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) at the event, and he really has to put a lot into the ball to get it downfield. But on short and intermediate passes, he has good touch, gets the ball out quickly and is accurate especially to the outside of the field. He's a true dual-threat, but size remains the big issue.

Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris clearly has the biggest arm at the event and loves to show it off. But this is even more encouraging: He is improving his touch and the ball didn't sail on him nearly as frequently as it has in past showcases. His long ball wobbled a bit, but it wasn't too concerning. Morris' ceiling is very, very high.

Kevin Olson, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills: Olsen is really starting to fill out, and, at full energy, made some of the best passes down the middle of the field. He needs to work on his drop-backs as he struggles to consistently stay balanced, but he was one of the more impressive Day 1 performers overall.

Brice Ramsey, Kingland (Ga.) Camden County: Ramsey started off much better here than he did at The Opening, as he was certainly pressing a lot less. His ball came out smoothly and on time, and better yet, it was tight and catchable. Ramsey didn't underthrow many passes, which means he's made some adjustment to correct his formerly troubling weight-shifting issues.

Johnny Stanton, Rancho Santa Margarita (Cal.) Santa Margarita Catholic: Stanton is a big, physical kid with a strong enough arm and nice zip in the intermediate passing game. His footwork is iffy and his long ball is erratic, but he also made some really nice throws. He is one of the more intriguing prospects at camp: tons of upside, but very raw.

Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright (Texas): Swoopes looked calm and composed after a really poor performance at The Opening. But here's the problem: In order to be accurate, he needs to slow down his delivery to stay aware of his release point. When he needs to get the ball out quickly, his mechanics break down. Still, the Texas commit has a strong arm and good size -- and lots of potential.

Cody Thomas, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage: Thomas was one of the more accurate passers at the beginning, but he simply wore out. His arm seemed to fail him when he was forced to throw rapid-fire on the targets, and his long ball was off-target and wobbly. The exact explanation for his discrepancy is unclear, but he was arguably the most impressive quarterback at the start of Day 1 and the least impressive at the end.

Davis Webb, Prosper (Texas): Webb is tall, skinny and needs to fill out and add strength. But looks can be deceiving. He threw some very accurate balls, his release point was consistent and he showed very good touch. Webb doesn't have a cannon like some of the other prospects in attendance, but in the short to intermediate passing game, he is very solid.

Troy Williams, Harbor City (Cal.) Narbonne: Williams has a very high ceiling, possibly one of the highest at the event. He has a very quick release and spins the ball consistently. He had some bad moments where the ball wobbled off course, but he also showed the ability to throw on the run. Overall, he performed admirably coming out of the gate.

Asiantii Woulard, Winter Park (Fla.): Woulard injured his groin early, so his first impression is limited. He is a big, physical specimen (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and his arm strength appears solid. But Woulard has a lot to work on. His mechanics are off and his footwork is erratic.

Malik Zaire, Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter: Zaire isn't the biggest quarterback at the Elite 11, but he is certainly one of the smoothest. He's good in his drops, always appears on balance and is spot-on with is accuracy. While he doesn't have an overwhelmingly strong arm, he can make all of the necessary throws. Overall, he played like one of the better quarterbacks on Day 1.

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