CHICAGO — Surrounded by many of college football’s elite quarterbacks at the Manning Passing Academy earlier this summer, C.J. Beathard believes he learned as much as the young players he worked with at the camp.
Among the things the Iowa senior discovered is that he feels he is ahead of many of the other top quarterbacks in next year’s draft class from a developmental standpoint because of how the Hawkeyes’ offense is structured and the team prepares.
“So many guys are working out of spreads these days and that’s not the NFL game,’’ Beathard said. “I came out of that camp really feeling like I was at the head of the class in terms of knowledge of coverages and stuff. A lot of what we do at Iowa is pretty similar to what I’ll see at the next level.’’