The Opening: Breaking down the QBs

Friday was the NIKE Camp portion of The Opening before six 7 on 7 teams were drafted for team competition. Here's a breakdown of how the six quarterbacks looked throwing the ball on day one of the event.

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The six quarterbacks selected for The Opening were Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood's Cooper Bateman, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyview's Max Browne, Fork Union Military's (Va.) Christian Hackenburg, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle's Shane Morris, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County's Brice Ramsey and Whitewright's (Texas) Tyrone Swoopes.

The two quarterbacks who clearly had the best days were Hackenburg and Ramsey. Both players were really able to spin the football, showing off live, accurate arms and the ability to make all the throws.

Hackenburg is a huge kid but has a great quarterback body. He looks all of 6-4-6-5 but has a well built frame and isn't heavy legged or top heavy. He moves very well for a big quarterback and made some great throws on the run, outside of the pocket.

The Penn State commit has a nice, tight release and the ball just explodes out of his hand. He showed off an easy throwing motion and there is no wasted movement on any of his throws. Hackenburg made every throw look easy and is clearly a very elite signal caller.

Ramsey had a very good day as well and has one of the strongest arms in the event. The Georgia commit has an athletic body, very quick feet and can get himself set and ready to throw as quick as anyone you'll see. For someone who doesn't throw a ton of balls for his H.S squad, Ramsey is very polished and strong mechanically.

During the one on one portion of the camp, he was throwing the ball on time, with nice anticipation. He looks poised and rarely rattled and it will be exciting to watch the future Dawg progress over the coming years as he gains more confidence with more opportunity to throw the football.

Swoopes was a pleasant surprise as the scouting report ahead of time said he was a bit raw and has a tendency to be a slow starter at some of these events. He definitely didn't look raw and has a ton of plus tools that project very well to the next level.

For starters, he has the kind of frame you would draw up if you're looking for the prototypical college/NFL quarterback. He's a well built 6-4, very athletic with a lot of fluidity to him.

He throws a very tight ball and flashed one of the quickest releases in the camp. He looked good on his deep balls and just needs some minor work on some of the touch throws to round out his game. In a day and age where so many of the top signal callers you see have had a private quarterback coach for years and are almost maxed out before they hit college, Swoopes is the rare exception.

He hasn't been coached up nearly as much and his ceiling and upside are off the charts. He already has all the physical tools to excel at the next level and once he refines his game even more, he has a chance to be very special.

Browne, by his own admission, started off a little slow, but then picked things up when the one on ones started up. Over the last year it looks like Browne has developed a small hitch in his delivery. It's nothing that can't be fixed and it's far from major but it's enough that you notice it and his release is a little longer as a result.

Browne has a tall, lean, almost gawky frame and isn't the kind of quarterback you're going to see take off and make a lot of plays with his legs. He does throw well on the run and always keeps his eyes down the field but improving his body and overall athleticism is something he'll definitely work hard on over the coming years.

The USC commit is very comfortable throwing a nice, easy, catchable ball and doesn't try and overthrow anything. Some will look at that and say Browne doesn't have a huge arm compared to other quarterbacks, even though he can make all the throws including the deep outs and skinny's with ease.

He throws with great timing and touch and is arguably the most cerebral quarterback in this group. He always knows where to go with the ball and rarely forces a throw or makes a bad read and at the next level, that's more important than just about anything else.

Bateman was steady throughout the day and didn't have too many highs or too many lows. He's another kid with a great frame and will have no problem filling out his upper body down the line.

The Alabama commit has a strong arm but similar to how he looked at the NIKE Camp in Oakland, some of his balls floated on him a bit and his accuracy wasn't as strong as we've seen in the past. Bateman has plenty of arm strength but he can lose his spiral when he tries to throw the ball too hard.

He threw several nice deep balls with plenty of air underneath and made good decisions with the football when his receiver just wasn't able to get open. He looked much more comfortable throwing in the pocket than in designed roll outs as he has a tendency to drop his elbow a bit and pushes the ball too much.

Morris struggled early and appeared to be pressing. On multiple occasions early on, he went to throw the ball and it literally just fell out of his hand and landed behind him on his follow through.

This caused him to grip the ball a little too tight, which affects your ability to throw a tight spiral and your accuracy suffers as well. There is no questioning Morris' arm strength as he has an absolute cannon but there is a lot more to playing the position than just arm strength and the Michigan commit no doubt understands that.

As the camp went on, it looked like he started to relax a lot more and started to throw the ball with a lot more consistency. When Morris is set and throws on time with balance, he can really deliver a strike. The lefty can put the ball in to tight spaces and his live arm allows him to make throws that few others would even attempt.

It will be very intriguing to watch Morris during 7 on 7 action Saturday and Sunday. He plays in a lot of passing tournaments and that experience should help him relax when game time rolls around. He's also a gamer and always seems to perform better when it counts. Some players are practice players, Morris typically shines under pressure so it will be fun to see how he responds on the big stage this weekend.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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