Here Are the 10 Defensive Players That Really Won Scout Over at the Opening Orlando Regional

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Nearly 300 prospects took the field for the Opening Orlando Regional this past weekend, and Scout takes a look at the 10 defensive players that really soaked up our attention from start to finish.

Top 10 Defense (in alphabetical order):

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Amari Burney, 2018 ATH, Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian

Burney is a pure safety, but also showed solid one-on-one technique Sunday afternoon. He stuck to his trade whether coming downhill, when he was at his best, or even in transition and/or in trail position.

Burney played physical when needed, but always seemed to be in position no matter his role on a given play.

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T.K. Chimedza, 2018 DT, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Chimedza was stellar during last month's Future 50 event in Central Florida, and followed that up with another impressive performance in the trenches this past weekend. He showed a good burst off the ball, and was just a headache to deal with during one-on-ones.

He played with that relentlessness when getting up the field, and did a nice job of pumping his feet until the whistle was blown. He flashed that body control and balance as well.

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Amari Gainer, 2018 OLB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Chiles

Not only was Gainer one of the more talked about defenders on the hoof early in the day and through testing, but he proved to be one of the best in any setting Sunday. He was among the most fluid in position drills and was perhaps easily the top run-stopper during cat-and-mouse drills during the competition phase of the event.

Gainer gets downhill quickly, but does so with good control, seldom overplaying the angle. He redirected very well and used his length to eliminate space against the run and the pass. His efforts earned him a ticket to The Opening Finals in July.

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Tanner Ingle, 2018 CB, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips

You have to love Ingle's competitive nature at cornerback. He was one of the kids that continued to climb towards the front of the line to test himself against some of the premier wide receivers, and came out on the winning side of things more often than not.

He showed discipline by maintaining technique and not falling for double moves down the field, and also broke on the ball exceptionally well. Ingle doesn't possess those prototypical measurables, but is a fleet-footed cornerback that does a good job of staying in a receiver's back pocket.

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Tyreke Johnson, 2018 CB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian

Johnson was one of the more self-assured prospects in attendance, and certainly got in the head of a flurry of receivers when participating in the one-on-one portion of the event. He flashed a whole lot of physicality when playing in press-man, and even drove some of the receivers out of bounds.

This five-star prospect played under control and rarely fell for any double moves down the field, but it was his self-assured approach and physicality at the line of scrimmage that soaked up the attention of onlookers. Johnson certainly lived up to his reputation on Sunday afternoon.

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Demetreius Mayes, 2018 OLB/DE, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Mayes wasn't the biggest defensive end that laced up the cleats, but utilized his frame and quickness to his advantage against some of the more heavy-footed offensive linemen. He did a nice job of timing his get-off, but showed some finesse to help separate himself as well.

Mayes is currently tagged as an outside linebacker on Scout, but playing with his hand in the dirt at weak-side defensive end could be the ideal fit.

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Bookie Radley-Hiles, 2018 CB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Aiming to win DB MVP and punch his ticket to The Opening Finals in the process, the blue-chip California native accomplished both on Sunday. Radley-Hiles made plays no matter where he was lined up in the secondary, as a traditional cornerback, in the slot or deep as a safety.

He often got his hands on the football despite being the smallest prospect on the field more times than not, using great anticipation and breaks on the ball to get the job done. Radley-Hiles showed good technique on the edge along with great feel when able to roam, seemingly getting stronger as the event progressed.

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Keidron Smith, 2018 CB, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy

You can't draw them up a whole lot better at cornerback than Smith, who measures in at roughly 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. Smith is obviously equipped with the prototypical size and length, but also does a nice job of putting it to use down the field.

Smith showed off his ball skills by getting vertical to high-point the football, but also maintained good body control and balance in the process. It's no surprise that a flurry of Power Five schools have already went two feet in with scholarship offers. Intriguing combination of size and skill.

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Nolan Smith, 2019 DE, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

This Georgia Bulldogs commit was a nightmare coming off the edge, and even put Evan Neal, a 6-foot-7, 370-pound offensive lineman and four-star prospect, flat on his back during one-on-ones. He was explosive during both the drills and one-on-ones, and tested off the charts as well with a vertical leap of over 40 inches.

Smith could end up shifting back to do the majority of his damage at outside linebacker, but is a natural when shooting off the line at defensive end.

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Xavier Thomas, 2018 DE, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

The highest-ranked class of 2018 prospect coming into the event, Thomas backed it up and then some on nearly every rep. He is built as compact as any elite defensive end in America, but he didn't simply use speed to win reps.

He showcased well above-average power, hand-technique and counter moves en route to the quarterback. Thomas was seldom slowed, especially during a stretch to close out the camp in which he clearly won about a half-dozen reps in a row.

The five-star was a runaway selection and also earned an invitation to The Opening Finals this summer.

John Garcia, Jr. contributed to this article.

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