ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: Wellington (Class of 2015)
Top Offers: None
Note: Great family lineage. Grandfather was Forest Hill's first quarterback and is in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame. Uncle is Kevin Patrick, former national champion at the University of Miami. Transferred to Wellington in the offseason.
Where He Excels:
Shannon "The Irish Cannon" Patrick was born to play the quarterback position. He has a natural feel for the game and it shows on his film. Patrick has decent arm strength, above average accuracy, and what really stands out is that he might have the best touch on his throws out of all the QB's in this stacked 2015 class. Always finds a way to fit the ball into the tightest of windows between defenders. Can make every throw with ease. Very comfortable with his drops, especially out of the gun, which is something most high school quarterbacks struggle with. Patrick seems to develop a great rapport with his receivers and is seen on the film checking in and out of routes. Above average play fakes and knowledge of the game allow him to move safeties and linebackers around to help his wide receivers get open. While not a scrambler, Patrick has great pocket presence. Moves around well to keep plays alive and can run and pick up a first down when needed. Patrick has a nose for the goal line and is a dual threat when his offense gets in the red zone.
What To Work On:
Core strength including his arm. If and when Patrick learns to love the weight room as much as he loves playing football, his game will improve exponentially. At just over 6'0", Shannon is a little bit undersized but doesn't play that way. He stands very tall in the pocket. The added muscle will improve his deep ball, turn him into a real threat to scramble and alleviate concerns from colleges about him being able to take the pounding college QB's take. At times, Patrick holds the ball a little too low, always a concern during a pass rush. On deep throws will bring the ball down to start his motion which delays the release and gives defenders a split second extra to react. This goes back to the added strength which will take a way the need to bring his whole body behind the throw.
Kokell's Film Analysis:
I was hesitant to do Shannon Patrick's film in the #FilmRoom1063 series. I didn't want to be accused of choosing him because he is my guy (played for me his freshman and sophomore year). Then I watched his film again and thought about the things SP is going to do at Wellington under head coach Tom Abel and in offensive coordinator Corey Clawson's spread offense. If you love fast-paced football, this has to excite you. If there was an NFL level quarterback that I would compare Shannon Patrick to it is Chad Pennington. Much like Pennington did with Randy Moss at Marshall, SP is going to put up huge numbers this year throwing the deep ball to stud 2016 WR Ahmmon Richards. Combine that with 2015 WR Jean Rene on underneath routes out of the slot a la Pennington to Wayne Chrebet and SP will finally get his due. I see him translating into a FCS QB at the next level as he continues to improve and prove all his doubters wrong.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.