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Here Are the Five Defensive Players That Really Won Scout Over at the Opening Miami Regional

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

Top Five Defense (Alphabetical Order)

Yasir Abdullah, 2018 OLB, Miami (Fla.) Carol City

Fresh off his first offers from Syracuse and South Florida, Abdullah also took home linebacker MVP honors and posted an impressive 103.95 in the Nike Football Ratings, placing him ninth overall for the day.

Abdullah was rarely tested by any of the running backs during the cat and mouse drill, and also closed on the ball exceptionally well. This is an agile outside linebacker that can really operate and play under control in space.

Andrew Chatfield, 2018 DE, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

Chatfield, who will likely scoot back to outside linebacker once it's time to dive onto the college scene, was nearly unstoppable during the one-on-one portion of the event, flashing a quick first step and finesse style of play.

Chatfield did a nice job of getting some of the more heavy-footed offensive linemen off balance, and was just a headache to contain all afternoon. This coveted defender was one of the 12 prospects that punched their ticket to the Opening Finals.

Joshua Jobe, 2018 Scout 100 safety, Miami (Fla.) Christopher Columbus

Jobe was fluid and smooth throughout the morning drills, and then followed it up with an impressive showing during the highly-competitive one-on-ones. He showed off his recovery speed on multiple occasions, but really impressed with his ability to make plays on the ball.

Jobe, a Miami (Fl) Hurricanes commit, did a great job of jumping routes to come up with the deflection. He doesn't shy away from contact, and really plays under control when flipping his hips and changing direction.

Patrick Joyner, 2018 OLB/DE, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade

Joyner, a fast-rising, lengthy prospect that's fresh off an offer from Florida State, passes the eye test at an intriguing 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. Most of his suitors envision him playing outside linebacker, but it was at defensive end where Joyner turned heads on Sunday.

The three-star prospect was light on his feet and did a nice job of putting offensive linemen where he wants them to be. Joyner played under control while also showing some bounce in his game as well. The offers should really start to pour in during the spring evaluation period.

Nesta Silvera, 2018 DT, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

Silvera is one of those prospects that shines both with the pads on and during a camp setting. He showed good hand use and leverage throughout one-on-ones, and really played with that determination all afternoon.

Silvera, another prospect that's verbally attached to Miami (Fl), was also strong at the point of attack, flashing a powerful punch to knock offensive linemen off balance. Expect Silvera to make a big leap once Scout releases the latest batch of rankings.

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