Atlanta NFTC: Top Defensive Performers

MARIETTA, Ga. - Who performed at a high level on the defensive side of the ball Sunday at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp? Scout names its top eight here...

The defense won its share of battles Sunday at Lassiter High School and after watching drills and one-on-one battles, Scout chose its top eight performers.

Michael Carter, 2016 DT, Jackson (Ga.)
Carter had a first step that getting him past his blockers, an impressive display for an interior lineman with the bulk to play nose guard. For such a young player he is already adept at using his hands.

Nick Dawson, 2015 DE, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Aca.
Dawson made his name as an edge rusher during the one on ones. He had the speed to beat tackles around the corner, but he also had the strength to push them back should they get caught cheating outisde.

Deangelo Gibbs, 2017 CB, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
Only a freshman. That's right, this young man has three years of high school left. He played physical and he was locking some talented receivers down. He has the size (6-foot-1) schools look for in a corner.

Dylan Jackson, 2015 DE, Maryville (Tenn.)
Jackson is long and lean and the Tennessee commit did everything off the edge. He used his length to create separation from the opposition, and combined it with good power and speed to get by blockers.

Quentez Johnson, 2015 DT, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Johnson looks like a nose guard, but he can move. He played light on his feet defeating interior offensive linemen off the ball. He worked his hands well and he showed good quickness off the ball.

Chauncey Rivers, 2015 DE, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
Rivers was lined up against 5-Star offensive tackle prospect Mitch Hyatt (Clemson commit) and beat him on consecutive plays. He's versatile enough that he moved to the interior to take reps as well. He has added goo weight and kept his speed.

Roquan Smith, 2015 LB, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County
Smith lined up at inside linebacker, but moved in space like an outside linebacker. He ran well, he was strong in coverage, and he was impressive when working the blitz in drills.

Jamyest Williams, 2017 CB, Duluth (Ga.)
Another young defensive back shined at this event. Williams was first in line in the drills and he caught Scout's attention from the beginning. He showed good balance, he got his hands on a lot of passes, and he broke on the ball well. A freshman with offers and it was easy to see why.

John Garcia and Scott Kennedy contributed to this feature.

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