Max Browne vs. Shane Morris: Who Has the Most Potential?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 8, 2013

Max Browne Via 247Sports
Max Browne Via 247Sports

Max Browne and Shane Morris are two of the biggest recruiting names in the 2013 class, so naturally, they are both connected to two of the biggest college football schools in the country.

Browne has signed and enrolled early at USC, and Morris is verbally committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines.

Two top-notch college football schools deserve two top-notch college quarterbacks, and that's potentially what both the Trojans and Wolverines are getting in Browne and Morris respectively.

Browne has great size at 6'5'', 210 pounds and he's ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Morris on the other-hand, is 6'3'' 201 pounds and runs a 4.80 40 according to 247Sports and is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to their composite rankings.

Both quarterbacks have immense potential, but which quarterback has the most potential?

In order to figure that out, let's take a look at a few key scouting points to see who has the overall edge:


Arm Strength:

Advantage - Morris

Morris has a very good deep ball, and that's what distinguishes him here. He can heave the ball down field with seemingly little effort, and he can get the ball to the sideline or downfield before the defensive back closes.

Browne has a great arm too, but it's that effortless deep throw that really sets Morris apart.



Advantage - Browne

This is where Browne has an advantage over Morris. He puts excellent touch and arc on his deep passes, but he can also throw it into tight windows and put the ball where only his receiver can catch it.

Where Browne really impresses me is with his accuracy on the run. I've mentioned this many times in regards to him, but his accuracy out of the pocket reminds me a bit of Aaron Rodgers.



Advantage - Even

Both of these quarterbacks have tremendous presence in the pocket. They both display good feel for pressure and display elite pocket fundamentals.

Footwork is key for quarterbacks, and these two elite recruits have it down.

In the video below, Browne displays perfect, smooth footwork on this quick slant play:




Advantage - Browne

This is where Browne is going to set himself apart from Morris. He's a bit bigger in stature and his game is just smother overall and more refined heading to the college level. He also stands out with his ability to move out of the pocket and throw on the run.

Again, this is something that Morris can do at a high level as well, but Browne is just better outside of the pocket.

He has the uncanny ability to extend the play with his feet, but he's always keeping his eyes downfield and he can reset to throw in an instant—thus the Rodgers comparison.



Based off of these three guidelines, Browne has more potential than Morris to be a great quarterback. Let me reiterate that while he does have the edge, that doesn't take anything away from Morris. 

Browne may be the better overall quarterback, but Morris is still very good.

There is a noticeable difference though, and that's the reason Browne is ranked No. 1.

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