Oakland NFTC Player Evaluations

Scout.com was in attendance at the Oakland NFTC. Read on for numerous evaluations of Arizona prospects, including Erik Brown, Tony Ellison, and more.

Scout.com was in attendance at this past weekend's Nike Football Training Camp. Read on to see evaluations of numerous Arizona prospects that were in attendance.

Erik Brown: The Fontana (Calif.) Summit wide receiver "has been one of the big breakout performers of the spring," Greg Biggins writes. "Brown has under-rated downfield speed and athleticism and was able to get deep on Sunday. He's a pure pass catcher and the game looks easy for him.

"When you add in his athletic 6-2 frame to go with his other physical tools and it's no wonder why Brown saw his stock soar in recent months."

Tony Ellison: Ellison "is another slick route runner and was dominant in the half-skelly period. He has been well coached and drew raves for his ability to recognize a coverage and quickly make the proper adjustment.

"He showed a nice catch radius, is a polished route runner and sneaky speed, showing the ability to set up a defensive back and then getting separation."

Devante Downs: "Ranked as the top fullback by Scout, also showed better speed than we've seen from him over the last couple of years. He was easily the most impressive looking back physically and linebackers that tried to jam him couldn't and he showed that his ability to block in the pass rushing drills is better than most. He's a rock solid 6-2, 225, and plays like it.

Joey Alfieri: The Portland (Ore.) Jesuit athlete was one of the most impressive players of the weekend.

"It's not just the fact that Joey made plays all over the field on Sunday, it's the way he made those plays," LB coach Chris Gizzi said. "Whatever he's doing his eyes are looking at the right stuff, his limbs and torso are synchronized and balanced and his feet are alive before, during and after the key moment of a play.

"Even when someone gets an angle on him, he counters and finds a way to get back his advantage in that situation. Mentally and emotionally, he's everything you want in a player: poised, smart and encouraging. He put on the best performance by a ‘backer at any NIKE Camp this year."

Michael Lazarus: "He has incredibly explosive skills and aggressiveness," Gizzi said. "His ability to close and get frontal on a ball carrier is noteworthy. This is an athletic ‘backer with a mean streak - a valuable combo.

"His body type can place him in a bunch of systems, as an outside backer I think he's an every down kind of player. He has a frame that will afford him room to grow and put some more muscle on depending on a team's need. He's very coachable as well and I think he'll be a heck of a college player."


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