All-Oakland NFTC Team: The Defense

Here's a look at the top 11 defensive standouts from Oakland at the Nike Football Training Camp this past Sunday...


Defensive Line

Misi Taifane, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant- Taifane looked good in the drills, plenty athletic, and with a good frame that will support more weight. He was quick off the line of scrimmage and had a couple of pretty good moves to get past his blocker and also played nice and low with a lot of leverage.

Elijah Qualls, Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande- The four-star defensive tackle earned an invitation to The Opening after a pretty strong day. He was easily the quickest defensive lineman there, and while he plays a little high, he's still growing into and learning the position.

Deonte Reynolds, Pinole Valley (Calif.)- Reynolds looked good throughout the day, with good size and strength and pretty good athleticism. In the drills, he showed good agility and footwork and does a good job of playing low.


Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak- Palma is a familiar face here, earning all-camp honors after the SoCal NFTC last month.  Palma was the runaway winner of the LB MVP honors at the Oakland NFTC and was arguably the top performer in the entire camp.  He also earned an invitation to The Opening after his second stellar camp performance.

D.J. Moffitt, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- D.J. Moffitt measured in at 6-2, 205 pounds and has the ability to play linebacker or safety in college. The coaches at DLS have described Moffitt as the hardest hitter and most instinctual player on the team. He earned LB MVP runner-up honors to Palma.

Tanner Vallejo, Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union-Vallejo was solid all day and has good size and looks like a pure middle linebacker. In another loaded year in the Sacramento area, Vallejo deserves mention among the best.

Defensive Backs

Kevin King, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd- King has a long, lean frame and matches up well against big receivers. He also showed extremely quick feet and the ability to turn and run with the fastest receivers in the camp. He has excellent ball skills and made more plays than any corner in the camp and was definitely deserving of his MVP honor.

L.J. Moore, Fresno (Calif.) Central-  Moore is a very talented player. He has good size and looks thicker in his upper body. He has long arms and showed good closing speed. His big issue at the camp was he seemed to guess a few too many times and it got him burned. He's definitely a dynamic athlete with a huge upside.

Hatari Byrd, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Byrd was the top safety in the camp and had a strong second half to the camp. That coincided with him borrowing a pair of cleats, which shockingly are better to play in than tennis shoes. Byrd has a big frame but isn't thick or stiff in his lower body. It's why he doesn't weigh as much as people think, about 195 pounds, and why he can cover and run much better than people expect.

Devin Holiday, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills- Holiday had another outstanding showing. Holiday continues to get bigger physically, runs well and has great body awareness. He has good ball skills and can play physical at the line or play the finesse game and can play very well in space.

Johnny Johnson, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Johnson showed why he's considered among the nation's top DB prospects. He has incredibly quick feet and his burst out of his backpedal is about as good as you'll see at this level. Unfortunately Johnson is still recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder and wasn't cleared for the one on one drills. That's where he really stands out and where he put on a show at the NorCal NIKE Camp a year ago at Stanford. Few can match his ability to press a receiver at the line and the quickness to match them stride for stride in the open field.

National Recruiting analysts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report

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