Rat's Raves: Pylon 7on7 QB's and WR's

Dwayne Lawson

Keiwan Ratliff has joined us here at Fightin' Gators and brings us his inside perspective on some of the top prospects at this past weekend's Pylon 7on7 tournament. Ratliff's Rat Pak squad lost in the semifinals on Sunday of a really stacked tournament and showed well. He wasn't able to watch every team, but got to see most of the best and here are his thoughts on the quarterbacks and receivers.

Top 5 WRs ( in no particular order)

Calvin Ridley – He's an absolute beast...every year at these tournaments you have guys who stand out from the first play. Ridley is definitely one of those guys. He's long and smooth with good routes and natural hands. He was arguably the best receiver there.

Deon Cain - The first thing you notice is the eye test. This kid passes every combination coaches want at the BCS level. Super athletic, Moss ball capabilities, speed, hands, good routes and all that said I haven't mentioned his 6'3 frame. College WR coaches dream.


Cain

Nyqwan Murray (Rat - "The Noonie Show" as Central FL was pleasured to all fall, was playing on Sat and Sun this week and I hope you seen both showings. Not the fastest or the biggest WR out there but when a play was needed he delivered on call. He's definitely a top WR in the sunshine state.

Auden Tate - I was surprised when seeing this WR play. I initially looked for George Campbell and came away wowed by Tate. Great size good routes and he loves to compete. When Campbell went down he stepped up. He's a WR I'd like to see once he gets comfortable in these tournaments.

Jovon Durante - I love his swag. He carries that Dade County pride every time he lines up. I believe he honestly thinks he's unstoppable and I love that mentality. Normally if you're a top player in South Florida you're a stud and this remains true with Durante.


Durante

Top Three QB's

Deondre Francois (Rat Pak)- Poised accurate QB who can make all the throws. Came out and took games over in this tournament. Once he's in his groove he's one of the best in the country. He's a quiet leader who understands route concepts as well as coverage. I don't think I've ever seen him throw anything but a spiral.

Kato Nelson - It was obvious last year he was going to be special. The young fella commanded respect with his first throw. He not only won the state championship in H.S. This year, he came in and guided his team to a Pylon championship with a tough field. He is cool calm and collected at all times.

Dwayne Lawson (Team Tampa) - first off this kid looks like a BCS recruit. He's easily 6'4-6'5 he flicks his wrist and the ball spins 40 yards effortlessly. He stands tall in the pocket and his foot work seems on point. Although I didn't get a chance to see him play much, what I did get to see was very impressive.

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