Florida QBs look good at Elite 11
Updated: July 21, 2010, 3:08 PM ETBy Corey Long, ESPN Recruiting
Here are a few quick thoughts on the three Florida participants at the ESPN RISE Elite 11. • In my opinion Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty) was the most impressive prospect at the event. ESPN Recruiting director Tom Luginbill says Driskel reminds him of Washington quarterback Jake Locker and I can see that. Driskel is a massive young man at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, his release is on point and his passes have tremendous heat on them. Plant High School coach Robert Weiner said that Driskel threw the best-looking deep corner route he's seen. • Teddy Bridgewater (Miami/Northwestern) was probably the only quarterback that came into this event without spending a week or so preparing for the drills. He was competing in the Nike 7ON two weeks ago in Portland, Ore., and decided not to play quarterback in the Nike 7-on-7 South Florida championships this past weekend. Still, he did things that only players with his sort of raw talent can do. Plus, he won the accuracy challenge on the first day to the surprise of many. His passes look effortless and his movement is so fluid. My hope is that his college coaches hone his skills and improve his fundamentals, but still leave room for Bridgewater to improvise and play the type of game he loves. • Phillip Ely (Tampa, Fla./Plant) continues to do the little things well and the way he works through the drills it's easy to see how much time he and Weiner prepare for these sort of showcases. He's probably best suited for an offense that throws inside the hashes, keeping the majority of the throws under 15 yards because he leads his receivers well and is pretty accurate. His deep passes look good, but they don't seem to have as much velocity as they should, same with his passes to the outside. These are things that will be worked on and improved in time.
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