Oakland NFTC: All-Camp Team- Defense

A look at the top defensive performers during the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp over the weekend...

There was a ton of talent on hand at the NIKE Football Camp in Oakland. Here's our look at the top 10 players from the camp on the offensive side of the ball.

Our list is based on who we felt had the best day and is not based on college recruiting potential. This list is also just for players in the rising 2014 class as we'll have a separate list for underclassmen later in the week.

DL Mori Savini, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
Savini is an undersized defensive tackle who did well at the SoCal NIKE Camp and showed even better in Oakland. He's very tough to block because he's so quick off the ball, is very strong and will always win the leverage battle. He showed multiple pass rush moves and didn't have to rely on trying to just bull rush an opposing guard like the majority of the tackles.

LB Joey Alfieri, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Linebackers coach Chris Gizzi said that Alfieri put on the best LB performance at any NFTC this year and earned a trip to The Opening, which is just a 10 minute drive from his high school.  Alfieri drew praise from Gizzi for his balance and technique and his ability to react.

LB D.J. Calhoun, El Cerrito (Calif.)
Calhoun showed explosive speed, ability to change direction and plays with a passion that few have, regardless of position.  He's extremely physical at the line of scrimmage, making it tough for the receiver to get off the line.

LB Michael Lazarus, Berkeley (Calif.)
Lazarus is an elite player with size, speed and toughness and his talent should dictate double digit offers.  Lazarus showed great explosiveness and aggressiveness.

LB Chandler Leniu, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Leniu opened a lot of eyes showing off his athleticism on his sturdy 225 pound frame. Leniu tested well with a 30" vertical jump and he threw the power ball 44'. He looked great in the drills as well playing fast and aggressive and looking very comfortable in space.

DB John Plattenburg, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Not only earned DB MVP honors but may have been the top performer at the camp regardless of position.  Still somewhat new to the position, having played running back and safety, Plattenburg earned rave reviews from the coaches, showing great instincts, athleticism and technique.

DB Adoree Jackson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Jackson took reps at corner and receiver and wowed the coaches with his explosiveness as well as his ability to take coaching and quickly apply it on the field.  All this coming a day after he put up impressive marks at the CIF-SS track meet.

DB Brandon Simmons, Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Simmons was the top safety in attendance and is smart, savvy and athletic and has very good play making ability. He competed very hard, has great football instincts and was the guy making sure the other DBs were lined up right during the half-skelly portion of the camp.

DB Adarius Pickett, El Cerrito (Calif.)
Pickett is a physically imposing player with good top end speed. He has a great frame and has the hip quickness to play corner but a few of the coaches feel he could be even better as a ball hawking free safety with his size and toughness. Pickett is a natural leader, was the first guy to jump in front in every drill and has a big upside to him.

DB Kwesi Mashack, Norco (Calif.)
Mashack has a good frame and is built like a tank. He's very physical and strong, especially in his upper body and is gifted athletically as well. He can run and jump and plays with good technique as well. Mashack is very competitive as well and will battle you all game.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.


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