NFTC Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

A look at the top defensive lineman at the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp...

The hands-down best positional unit at the Oregon NFTC was the defensive line.

And after a dominant performance, Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin won the MVP for the DL.  Griffin showed his raw power, his explosion off the line of scrimmage, and did a good job disengaging from his blockers.  Griffin made a case to be one of the top five defensive tackles in the region.

Just behind him was Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Sumner Houston.  Like Griffin, Houston comes from the premier prep program in his state, and is so fundamentally sound and great with his technique.  He's got a motor that doesn't turn off, is coachable and has quickness off the ball.

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive end Connor Humphreys was arguably the most touted defensive lineman there and he didn't disappoint.  Humphreys looks even more filled out then when we visited the school back in April, and still has the quickness off the ball.

Another Bellevue prospect who had a good day was Shane Bowman.  He's transformed his body since the end of the season, adding between 30-40 pounds, but keeping the quickness he already had.

Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge defensive end Marqueese Royster may like the ideal height for the position, but he makes up for it with good leverage, playing nice and low and firing off the ball.  It was the second time in three days we saw Royster at a camp and he did well both times.

Other guys who caught our eye included Eagle Point (Ore.) defensive end Austin Holmes, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea tackle Jarius McDade, Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian's Isaiah Hall, Sumner (Wash.) defensive end Austin Striplin and Fife (Wash.) defensive tackle Monike Failauga.

Top underclassmen included Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae (2015) and Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita tackle Thomas Toki.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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