The Elite 11 is a series of nationwide quarterback camps featuring elite instruction for the top QBs in the country from which several will be chosen to participate in the final Elite 11 quarterback competition. The final Elite 11 quarterback competition is a five-day event taking place at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Campers will receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction from Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer and other top quarterback coaches. The quarterbacks for Elite 11 QB finals will be selected after thorough film evaluation, a telephone interview and an in-person workout evaluation at either a Nike Football Training Camp and/or an Elite 11 QB regional camp.
From the camp to the league
Notable Elite 11 alumni now in the NFL include:
'99: Matt Cassel
'00: Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson
'01: Vince Young, Drew Stanton, Troy Smith
'02: Trent Edwards, Chris Leak, Andre Woodson, Jamarcus Russel, Dennis Dixon
'03: Rhett Bomar
'04: Mark Sanchez, Chase Daniel
'05: Josh Freeman, Jake Locker, Matthew Stafford, Tim Tebow, Jevan Snead
'06: Ryan Mallet, Tyrod Taylor
'07: Blaine Gabbert, Mike Glennon, Landry Jones, Andrew Luck, EJ Manuel
'08: Geno Smith
Incredibly, 34 of the 105 quarterbacks eligible for the NFL draft since the event's inception in 1999 have gone on to be drafted. At face value, a 33% draft rate might not seem like much, but given all that is required to make the NFL, including many factors outside the control of the quarterback himself, having one of every three campers drafted is a phenomenal accomplishment. An additional 11 have gone on on to play for an NFL team despite going undrafted.
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