Commentary

Weather can't hold down the elite

Updated: March 2, 2010, 6:38 AM ET
By Michael White | ESPN RISE

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite cold and windy conditions, Florida's top quarterback prospects were on hand to showcase their abilities at the first EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB regional camp of 2010 at the newly branded ESPN Wide World of Sports.

NIKE Elite 11 Links

Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

With nearly 75 quarterbacks in attendance, many stood out as players that have a chance to play at the next level, but ESPN RISE will take a look at the top guys from the Orlando Elite 11 regional in the ESPN RISE 7.

Ronnie Bell - Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.)

Bell is coming off a great junior year in which he earned County Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors and an All-State selection. He is a great dual-threat QB that can attack a defense on the ground or by air. Throughout the day, Bell was one of the most consistent from drill to drill, showing his ability to both throw from within the pocket and being accurate when being forced to move and throw on the run. It should be only a matter of time before a program extends an offer his way. One big element he has going for him is that he could fit into basically any system despite being viewed as a typical spread QB.

Teddy Bridgewater - Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)

Bridgewater is on his way to becoming another great QB from one of South Florida's top programs in Miami Northwestern, where current University of Miami starter and 2007 Elite 11 QB Jacory Harris starred. Bridgewater definitely lived up to his advance billing and proved to worthy of the multiple BCS offers already extended to him. He was very accurate and throws a really soft, catchable ball with zip. ESPN RISE has seen him at a variety of other events and it was very impressive to see that he has worked on his fundamentals and has become a better drop-back passer. The most impressive quality Bridgewater displayed was his overall athleticism and how natural it is for him to move around the pocket while being able to set up quickly and throw with accuracy from anywhere on the field.

Jeff Driskel - Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.)

It is easy to say that Driskel possesses all the tools college coaches look for to lead their program. Physically he has a college body already at around 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and mechanically he has the complete package; a big arm, quick feet, quick release and above average mobility. Overall there are just a few things that could make this young man even better. At times he would rely too much on his arm strength and pure athleticism that a player of his caliber can get away with in high school but for the next level Driskel will certainly have to work on getting his feet set before throwing and not relying on that great arm. If there was one player that could very well make an early impact in college out of the group, Driskel is the guy.

Phillip Ely - Plant (Tampa, Fla.)

Ely is fast becoming another great quarterback prospect from one of Florida's top programs and is already a proven winner with a 19-0 record and two state championships. Over the past few years ESPN RISE had the opportunity to see Ely develop and it is apparent that the young man has been working very hard in all areas, especially adding some bulk to his 6-foot-1 frame. Mechanically, Ely is as polished as anyone we will see this year and Sunday he showed a stronger arm than given credit for while continuously spinning it with accuracy all day. The only knock on this young man is he is a bit reserved and will need work on not being afraid to show his competitiveness at all times. Things will only get better for Ely and look for him to get more attention as he makes his way to more camps this spring.

NIKE Combine Links

Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

Josh Jones - East River (Orlando, Fla.)

If there was one quarterback that could be the "sleeper that emerged" is was definitely Jones. At 6-foot-5 and a wiry frame, Jones passes the eye test at first glance. He is one of those project-type players that will need time to develop. He did extremely well when it came time to throw routes displaying an ability to make every throw despite not having the strongest of arms but more than made up for it by throwing the ball on time, hitting receivers right out of their cuts.

Brian Rody - Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)

Rody was one that opened eyes as the camp progressed with his consistency and size at around 6-5. He is a big kid with a solid frame that threw well the whole camp. He was one of the few players that understood the importance of each drill and worked very hard to show that he could adapt quickly to the coaching. This past year he was hampered by an injury so he really needs to make the most out this spring and is off to a good start with a solid performance in Orlando.

Kevin Sousa - Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.)

Initially it is hard not to notice Sousa as he is built like a linebacker and moves like a running back, but throughout the day he proved to be a solid QB prospect by displaying some very good tools. Coaches were most impressed with how he improved from drill to drill and that he was there to get better as a passer. After about two throws no one doubted that he had one of the strongest arm at the camp but now he will have to learn that it is not always about arm strength. Despite trying to always throw a fastball, Sousa proved that he could make any throw. There is a lot of upside with him but will just have to work to becoming a complete QB by working on the little things, such as being consistent in every drop.

*Player are listed in alphabetical order