Oakland NFTC: Top Defensive Performers

Here's our look at the top 10 overall performers on defense at the Oakland NFTC...

DT Kahlil McKenzie, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
We knew McKenzie was good but he wowed onlookers with his strength and ability to man handle even the strongest offensive linemen. At 6-4, 330 pounds, he has an NFL body right now, powerful hands and very well could end up the top defensive tackle in the country by the end of the summer, as well as the top overall prospect in the West.

DT Breiden Fehoko, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington
Any other event and Fehoko would have probably won the MVP honors, but he settled for an invitation of his own to The Opening. Fehoko's first step was far too quick for any of the offensive linemen to stay with him and he easily one just about every 1on1 rep, using his quickness off the ball. In the times where a lineman got his hands on him, he quickly disengaged, using good moves and quick hands to get past them. He looks like he could play defensive end or tackle at the next level, depending on where his body goes.

DT Rex Manu, Mililani (Hawaii)
A commit to Stanford, Manu looked plenty comfortable in the Bay Area, playing low and getting good leverage to get under his blocker. He also did a good job of using his hands to free from the block and showed really good strength.

DE N.J. Falo, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Falo may have been the quickest off the ball of any of the defensive ends, playing nice and low and firing off the ball. He probably will be a rush linebacker in college, but with added weight could put his hand down often in college.

LB Cameron Smith, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Smith had a strong camp and while he didn't get the Golden Ticket to The Opening just yet, it would be surprising if he doesn't down the road. Smith is a pure inside ‘backer who has dropped almost 20 pounds since last spring and looks quicker and more agile. He plays with a high football IQ and is on a different level than other players in his ability to diagnose a player before it happens.

LB Jeremiah Ieremia, Hurricane (Utah)
Ieremia was the surprise choice for MVP but it was well deserved. The athlete was a standout at the SoCal NIKE Camp and looked even better in Oakland. He was great in the pass rush drills and matched up really well with the running backs in all the other drills as well. He has the frame to play inside or outside and shows a lot of versatility.

DB Dehlon Preston, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Preston took home DB MVP honors and is one of the best pure cover corners in the region. Although just 5-foot-9, Preston is so hard to get open against because of his physical play and quick feet. Preston plays with great technique and closes very well on the ball. He's an instinctual player, very confident and plays with a high understanding of how to play the position.

DB Marvell Tell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Before he had to shut things down with a sore hammy, the NIKE coaches couldn't stop raving about Tell. Tell tweaked his hamstring running his 40 but battled through the rest of the testing and then showed his high level athleticism during the SPARQ drills and early position drills.

DB Isaiah Langley, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Langley has a great frame at 6-0, 175 pounds, clocked a 4.51-40 in the testing portion of the camp and flashed his usual high level athleticism in the half-skelly and one on one portion of the camp. Langley was very physical and plays with a ton of confidence. He has long arms and uses them well and showed great ball skills throughout.

DB Stephen Johnson, San Leandro (Calif.)
From an athletic standpoint, Johnson has few peers out West and has elite speed. He clocked a 4.41-40, good for 2nd best on the day and it translates to the field as well. He's a dynamic athlete who is still learning how to play the position but his upside is incredibly high. He has long arms, quick feet and is a great all around athlete capable of playing multiple positions at the next level.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

NOTE- Our list is based on who we felt had the best day and is not based on college recruiting potential. This list is also just for players in the rising 2015 class as we'll have a separate list for underclassmen later in the week.

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