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I am admittedly no expert in QB mechanics, but watching Cornwell's Jr. highlights, there is something just a little off to me about his mechanics. Seems to have the low wind-up reminiscent of Tebow. Obviously he throws a great ball, but I was just wondering if this was something that has been talked about.
No doubt he is our #1 and will be great, just wondering. TIA
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Ive been under the impression that Cornwell's mechanics are part of what the scouts love about him. Watching his film, he seems to have one of the quicker releases out there. You wont see a lot of high school qb's taking snaps under center, but thats something he can show in camp and work on when he gets enrolled.
Every QB's release is different but Cornwell is someone you can work with, its a very quick release despite not being conventional. It is nothing like Tebow's. What kills me is Tebow had 4 years of college and now 3 years of pro ball and his release is still the same one he had at the Elite 11 camps as a prospect.
Looking at the work Shula did with Brodie's touch, Wilson's wind up baseball release, Cam's improvements and McElroy's weak arm, Tebow would be a much better pro QB right now had he signed with Shula. But likely Shula would have hung around so its better for us he didn't.
That is what I can't understand about Urban Meyer and the "aura" he brings. He, Mullen, and Loefler did absolutely nothing to develop Tebow as a QB. The sad thing is though, for all the talk of the "spread option" they also didn't develop any option skills for him either. I know its not popular to say but Cam's mechanics both passing and his execution of the option are 100 times better than Tebows. That is why Tebow is still unemployed, he has no discernible skill set as either a pocket passer or an option guy.
Now to tie this into Cornwell, Cornwell's mechanics need some work but he is a better QB now than Tebow seriously from the technical standpoint.
And our current OC has done wonders with big athletic QBs in the past including Locker. Now I'm not saying that we are going to become an entire Spread Option team but look at the QBs we have recruited under Saban. Fanuzzi, Star, AJ, Ely to an Extent (though he was like a 5th choice), Jameis, now Bateman, Harris and Cornwell. They are all athletic guys who can be trained to be pocket passers. Some have worked out and some haven't. But we wouldn't be wasting time with Blake Sims and that playbook unless Nuss eventually wants to do some of that stuff as a wrinkle in the base offense. Look at his offense at Washington.
This post was edited by fed7105 on 5/28/2013 at 3:10 AM
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I'm impressed more and more by this kid. He throws the ball deep and accurately, whether in the pocket or on a full run to the right or left. Pretty danged impressive, and honestly, I had not seen ANYONE do it well until Manziel last year. If we can get Cornwell, I do expect him to be our QB for his career.
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David Cornwell's work ethic, his running style and tenacity is the only things like Tebow. Nothing in his throwing motion is anywhere near it. His demeanor on the football field is A LOT like Tebows however....I'm not saying he has the potential as a runner that Tebow had, but if there was a film of Tebow with a "better" throwing motion DC's is it.
I saw that he leaves his feet on throws where he is running, and he throws away from his body some. His rotation through his hips could use a little work-meaning he strong arms the ball some and his shoulders do not stay even, but he looks like a great prospect to me. I think that he is far along in his craft for a high school player.
Reminds me of Elway in his throwing motion. Not saying he is going to be the next Elway but something about with way he throws the ball reminds me of Elway.
He does have a little weird wind up, but its no big deal and would be easy to tweak. A lot of it is him being on the move in almost every clip on the few he plants his feet and gets square his windup "normalizes." I'd be more concerned with Cornwell's unwillingness to stay in the pocket, but that really isn't a problem.
His windup is somewhat like Tebow's, but there is a huge important difference. Cornwell's ball starts above shoulder height and doesn't drop below that until after it's released. However, Tebow's windup would often lead to the ball dropping to waist height, to compensate for lack of arm strength, and always below the chest.
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