Auburn Camp: Top Five Defense

Auburn hosted well over 500 football players at their final 2013 camp Saturday and Scout names their top five defensive performers here...

On Monday, Scout released their Top Five Offensive Performers from the Auburn camp Saturday and today we take a look at the stars on the defensive side of the ball.

Some of the best in the southeast competed and here are five on the defensive side of the ball that really stood out to Scout:

Christian Connor | 2014 DL | 6-1.5/241 | Dallas (Ga.) East Paulding
People were wondering for hours who this young man was. He was very good through the agility drills to start off the camp, then he showed disruptive hands and power when he went to work under Rodney Garner, Auburn's defensive line coach. He was the top defensive line performer at this camp. He is a tweener and he may not grab all the big offers, but he is a good one and he will be productive somewhere. He is very aggressive, he is strong, and he is going to appear on some recruiting boards this fall.

Brandon Roberts | 2014 CB | 5-10.5/182 | Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
This rising senior is really one to keep an eye on this fall. He could really emerge with some big offers between now and signing day. He has good size, his length is good, he has good feet, and his speed is great (Ran multiple sub 4.5 40s Saturday). He can work on the fundamentals like his back pedal and zone coverage skills, but he is a top talent. Auburn coaches showed him a lot of attention, so he is one to watch.

Trent Thompson | 2015 DT | 6-2/289 | Albany (Ga.) Westover
This Peach State junior left a little early, so he did not compete in the 1on1s, but he showed enough during the drills to show up in this feature. You cannot draw them up better than Thompson. There is a little stiffness in the lower-body, but he is explosive, very strong, he has an incredible wingspan (78 inches), and he is only going to get better. There is a lot of rawness to his game, but his ceiling is extremely high. He is all about power now.

Darrell Williams | 2015 OLB | 6-2/198 | Hoover (Ala.)
Williams looked to be the top linebacker at the Auburn camp Saturday. He is on the lean side right now, but he is pushing 200 pounds, he has a longer frame, and he will add the needed weight. He looked good in space and did not waste a lot of movement during the drills and 7on7. He reacts quickly and showed good athleticism.

Quandeski Whitlow | 2015 DE | 6-3/221 | Opelika (Ala.)
Whitlow is a name to know. Scout expects him to have a breakout season in 2013. We watched him workout recently, then saw him compete at Auburn, and he has a chance to be a top 10 prospect in the state. He is very athletic for his size, he fires off the ball at end, and he can run (4.74 second 40 yard dash). He was very good in the drills Saturday and just as good in the 1on1 session.

This list was based strictly on camp performance, not offers or prospect rankings.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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