Washington, D.C., NFTC: Top 5 LBs

The Nike Football Training Camp stopped in suburban Washington, D.C., Sunday there were some talented linebackers on hand. Five stood out, and Fox Sports Next rates them.

The Nike Football Training Camp stopped in suburban Washington, D.C., Sunday there were some talented linebackers on hand. Five stood out, and Fox Sports Next rates them.
1. Malik Carney, T.C. William High, Alexandria,Va.

Skinny: Carney came into Sunday's event relatively unknown, but left with the linebacker MVP award. Carney was far and away the most athletic linebacker at the event. The T.C. Williams product is a long prospect and covers a lot of ground on the football field. He showed the ability to play both the run and pass extremely well. He is also a very instinctive, smart football player. Over the next few weeks, his recruitment will definitely pick up.


2. Jahvoni Simmons, Ocean Lakes High, Virginia Beach, Va.

Skinny: Simmons is a 2015 prospect, but was the most physical linebacker at the event. I knew he was good playing downhill, but the middle linebacker impressed me with his lateral quickness and ability to drop into pass coverage. He does a nice job of playing fast, but under control. Whether it was in one-on-ones or pass skeleton, Simmons made play after play. He will likely be one of top middle linebackers in his class.


3. Greer Martini, Woodberry Forest (Va.)

Skinny: Martini has a great frame and is a good athlete. The Notre Dame commit understands how to play linebacker and does a nice job of putting himself in position to make plays. He took good angles in one-on-ones when pursuing the football and was also solid is pass coverage. Martini is not flashy, but gets the job done. He has all the tools to be a very good player when he gets to South Bend.


4. Dwight Lomax, Lake Braddock Secondary, Burke, Va.

Skinny: Physically, Lomax was extremely impressive. He is very lean and his frame should allow him to add a significant amount of weight. Lomax is a fluid athlete and was very smooth in drills. He also showed the ability to read and react quickly at the snap of the ball. He has a high football I.Q. and did a nice job of putting himself in position to make plays. Lomax will be a very good player for someone at the next level.


5. Jerome Dews, Potomac High, Oxon Hill, Md.

Skinny: Dews is a long, rangy prospect with a huge upside. The Potomac standout is very quick and athletic. He does nice job of diagnosing plays and has good closing speed. Dews does good job of using his hands to shed blockers and is a dangerous pass rusher. While he has flown underneath the recruiting radar, look for that to change because he is just scratching the surface on how good he can become.

For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.

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