It has been well-documented how good Shea Patterson is at football, but this week at the Elite 11 Finals in Oregon he's been damn impressive. Even though he was listed as No. 8 in the rankings after the first day, every single one of the crootin pundits in attendance have raved about Mr. Ice's quick release and consistency.
Patterson is one of 18 elite quarterback prospects running through drills and 7on7 contests this week as part of Nike's The Opening.
In the 7on7 drill, Patterson finished 3-for-6 (2 drops) with a TD. After taking a look at the video below, you see the drops that cost him were actually put on the money and the receivers (not blue-chip The Opening invitees, mind you) just flat-out dropped them. You can see him scan the field and go through his progressions with ease in this drill and utilize his lightning-quick release to snap throws off and flash his unique ability to throw people open.
But, the thing that stands out the most as one of the most imperative weapons in Shea's arsenal in his ability to be remarkably consistent in the intermediate passing game. This will prove to be quite the feather in the cap when he arrives in Oxford to take over Hugh Freeze's up-tempo spread attack in 2016. Patterson's performance in the Beaver State has prompted 247Sports' Barton Simmons to compare him to another talented, young quarterback: Ohio State's J.T. Barrett.
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