Birmingham NFTC: Top OL Performers

HOOVER, Ala. – Student Sports, the group that runs the Nike Football Training Camps, said that Sunday's Birmingham-area event was easily the best offensive line and defensive line group that the tour has seen thus far. It wasn't hard to see why given the big names, but there was also a group that helped to make names for themselves.

The main event on Sunday at Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park High School was the big man battles. It had the hype before the event, and it lived up to it to close out the day. breaks down the top performers on the offensive side of the ball, solely for their effort on Sunday no matter their ranking and/or status on Scout. The names below are arranged alphabetically, along with corresponding video of each rep we were able to capture during the 1-on-1 portion of the camp.

Zach Branner, 2015 OG, New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn

Won some big reps in the one-on-ones. Not as impressive in the drills as some of the others, but very good against five-star Daron Payne when all eyes were on him. Good size, nice length, and one to watch. There wasn't a more eager prospect on display Sunday than Branner.

Tyler Carr, 2015 OG, Gadsden (Ala.) Southside

The four-star worked more at tackle than guard, but is truly a guard. His body is taking shape, he has very good punch, and his upside is good. Carr needs to work on pass set and balance to take the next step in his development, but he flashed more times than not.

Rishard Cook, 2015 OG, Hattiesburg (Miss.) High

Cook was one of the offensive linemen that truly made a name for himself at the star-studded event, and it starts with his punch. He has a wide torso that is daunting for defenders to go up against, and then his quick and strong punch usually stuns the opponent soon after.

Lester Cotton, 2015 OG, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central

Not only did Cotton take home offensive line MVP honors for his work on Sunday, but he was invited to Nike's The Opening in the process. The Alabama commitment worked out at tackle, center and guard on this day, excelling at each. He has a nastiness to his game in wanting to not only edge his opponent, but to bury him given the chance. Cotton also split reps with the top prospect in attendance in five-star Daron Payne.

Javon Patterson, 2015 OG, Petal (Miss.) High

Already a four-star on Scout, this Mississippian nearly won every rep he began on Sunday. There's a certain quickness and sense of urgency to Patterson's game that makes him a wanted commodity no matter the offense, and it was on full display this weekend against stiff competition.

Drew Richmond, 2015 OT, Memphis (Tenn.) University School

En route to an invitation to Oregon for Nike's The Opening, Richmond proved he could be a bookend tackle for an elite football program. He gains great depth in his kick-step, shows patience in his punch and is tough to dis-engage from once he's made contact.

Chris White, 2015 OG, Daphne (Ala.) High

Working towards big-time scholarship offers, the junior took a step in the right direction over the weekend. He has a great and strong punch, and if combined with better feet, he could eventually become one of the top interior linemen in the state of Alabama. But when you flash a dominant rep against SEC prospects Fletcher Adams and Kendell Jones, you'll end up on this list more times than not.

Darryl Williams, 2015 OG, Bessemer City (Ala.) High

A surprise to some (Scout pegged him as an early three-star), Williams shut down five-star Daron Payne in two of three reps to closeout his afternoon. Beforehand, he showcased good feet, leverage and athleticism when moving laterally. Williams also has a chip on his shoulder and the interior offensive lineman attitude that most colleges covet. It was no surprise that he got invited to The Opening with his efforts.

Chad Simmons contributed to this report.

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