Simmons: NFTC Best of the Best

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons evaluated prospects at two Nike Football Training Camps over the weekend and he names the best at each position here...

Who was the best I saw over the weekend?

Combining both camps, here are the best of the best:

Deondre Francois, 2015, Orlando Olympia, Orlando NFTC

Francois was not only the top quarterback Saturday at the Nike Football Training Camp, but he was the best Friday at the Elite 11 Regional as well. The kid has a live arm, he spins it well, and he has a nice delivery. He needs to improve on looking off defenders and putting more touch on the ball.

Running Back
Dexter Williams, 2015, Winter Garden West Orange, Orlando NFTC

There was not much more this young man could have done better Saturday. He blazed through the testing putting up eye-popping numbers, then continued to shine during the camp. He has a great blend of speed and power and he can catch the ball well out of the backfield.

Wide Receiver
Calvin Ridley, 2015, Coconut Creek Monarch, SoFla NFTC

This one could have gone to about eight different wide receivers, but Ridley was so good, and he made it look so easy. I saw him chase balls down he should not have gotten to, I saw his reach to balls only he could have gotten to due to his length, and he is so smooth when running. I used to think all corner for this young man, not anymore. He still has so much room to get better too.

Tight End
Garrett Williams, 2015, Orlando The First Academy, Orlando NFTC

Williams is a versatile tight end who some schools like as an H-Back. He will be a match-up problem on the next level no matter where he lines up. He is a natural pass receiver, he sticks his foot in the ground and gets out of his breaks well, and he has good toughness.

Offensive Lineman
Martez Ivey, 2015, Apopka, Orlando NFTC

This one really was not close - And it shouldn't have been. Ivey is the top prospect in the country and lets emphasize prospect because he still is a ways away from being closed to a finished prospect. Once he got going, he was just about impossible to beat. When he was pressed, he responded and he showed good feet and agility. He has get stronger and he has to play with more consistent intensity. This young man has 'Sundays' written all over him.

Defensive Lineman
Byron Cowart, 2015, Seffner Armwood, Orlando NFTC

Cowart still needs to add moves to his arsenal, but after somewhat of a slow start, he took over. He used speed off the edge, he used quickness and power on the inside, and he won much more than he lost. He was very attentive, he was responsive to coaching, and he wanted the invite to The Opening that he got Saturday afternoon. He is one that will be fun to watch as he develops on the next level.

Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, 2015, Hallandale, SoFla NFTC

This was not an overly strong position at either camp, but Kilby-Lane looked like expected based on his ranking. He looks the part, he is long, and he moves better in space than I expected him too. He is still best inside the box and he reacts well. He showed good balance, he is quicker than fast, and his length is good.

Tyrek Cole, 2015, Miramar, SoFla NFTC

Cole plays with a little chip on his shoulder and he made his case Sunday. He feels he is a little underrated and he pulled away from a very talented group of defensive backs Sunday as the event progressed. He has very quick feet, loose hips, he was in on pass break-ups, and he had numerous interceptions. He is still a little light, but he has good height, he has long arms, and he has good instincts.

Derwin James, 2015, Haines City, Orlando NFTC

The top performer of the weekend? Maybe. I would not argue with that. James impressed. Period. He is a gamer, he is a competitor, and he is ready to compete on the next level now. He has great range in the secondary, he tracks the ball well, he closes very well, and he is physical. He is confident and he should be.

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