MS/AL: Mississippi Defensive Top 5

The All-Stars from Mississippi went through their first practice paces today and several players stood out in individual and team drills. While the players are still settling in and getting a sense of something, a few guys have already begun exerting themselves as leaders on the defensive side of the ball.

Houston defensive end Chris Jones drew tons of praise from coaches, respect from peers and compliments from on lookers.

The Mississippi State commitment was extremely tough to stop in run drills and he remained active once the squad went to team drills.

Jones shows a variety of moves and is not simply an outside rusher trying to out quick the offensive tackle to the edge.

The four star does not hesitate to dip his shoulders and work inside to stop rushing plays at the line of scrimmage.

While Jones has looked extremely impressive on film this year, the Under Armor All-American is even better in person.

Dylan Bradley of Noxubee County was a lot of fun to watch especially in team drills.

Bradley is not quite as big as listed, but he plays big. Blessed with a great first step, Bradley is able to shoot gaps and disrupt things before they really get going.

In addition to having college level quickness, Bradley is the life of the party. He loves playing the game and he expects the people around him to share that same joy.

Tayler Polk of Brandon was one of the better linebackers on the day. The frenetic Polk is still a livewire even on the All-Star level.

Polk made a heads up interception on a short pass and he was wide running open on just about every snap.

While his size is an issue for some colleges, Polk continues to show that he will compete as hard as anyone on the field.

Tony Bridges of Hattiesburg was extremely solid in coverage today. At time he will give up the catch underneath, but it is very tough to beat him over the top.

Bridges is very instinctive and he reacts well once the ball is in the air.

So far, Bridges' offer list mainly consists of junior college programs, but he has the skill to compete with the best of the best.

Antonio Conner continues to show why he is the consensus #1 in the Magnolia State.

Conner is not one to call attention to himself. He simply handles himself with a business like approach and let's his play do the talking for him.

The five star was very good in coverage and he took great angles when ball carriers would break out and into the secondary.

While the full pads will have to wait until game day, Conner still shows a very physical presence despite not going at full speed.

On the sidelines, Conner keeps to himself and keeps his mind in football mode.

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