June 09, 2013
Drew Barker was ranked 5th out of six quarterbacks at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge in Chicago this weekend.
Here's what the article says about Barker:
Barker was solid in drills and showed impressive footwork. He flashes impressive accuracy on short routes. His arm strength, on the other hand, was a problem. He was forced to muscle some semi-deep passes. When forced to reach back and put something extra on the ball, the Kentucky commit saw his spiral turn into a wobbly mess. Saturday wasn't Barker's best day and probably isn't indicative of his skill set.
The four quarterbacks ahead of Barker were Jerrod Heard, a Texas commit ranked No. 3 in the nation; Josh Rosen, from the Class of 2015; Kyle Allen, the No. 1-ranked pro-style QB in this class; and Deshaun Watson, the No. 1-ranked dual-threat QB in this class.
Barker was going against some great competition, so no shame at all in being ranked fifth out of those guys. Sounds like his arm strength was questionable, but it also sounds like the analysts think he didn't play up to par.
Would it have been great if Barker had shined and made a jump into the conversation of being among the nation's two or three best? Sure.
But I don't think that was the biggest potential gain to be had from this weekend. More importantly to his future and the future of this program, this was an exclusive, unique opportunity for Barker to bond with other elite players (especially at skill positions) and further his selling job of coming to Kentucky. And there's a lot more to that than just throwing the ball around for a couple days.