Here is a look at my top five defensive backs at Friday Night Lights.
Nick Waisome – 5-10/170 – Groveland, Fla. – Southlake - 2011
FNL Report: Waisome is at the top because he made a lot of plays and he was in on a lot of reps. He was constantly stepping to the front of the line throughout the night and he wanted to show what he could do. He did that. He showed very good quickness, great balance, and a good back pedal. He dropped his hips well and blazed through all of the drills. Waisome still needs to add weight, but he had a very good night.
Pop Saunders – 5-9/185 – DeLand, Fla. – DeLand - 2011
FNL Report: Saunders showed a lot of aggression at corner at FNL. He is a man guy and he struggled more when playing off the ball. He showed good catch-up speed, but did not turn as well as expect to run with the speedy wideouts. He still had some nice break-ups, he was in on a lot of plays, and he may be small, but he could end up helping UF at both corner and safety before all is said and done.
Charles Jackson – 5-11/175 – Klein, Texas – Klein - 2011
FNL Report: Jackson is another defensive back that played very physical at The Swamp. He looked very athletic on the field through all of the drills and had a solid performance during the one on ones as well. He looked like he could be a good corner on the next level, but safety may be well he could excel the most. He showed very good range and the speed to play centerfield in the secondary.
Alex Dixon– 6-1/175 – Clearwater, Fla. – Countryside - 2011
FNL Report: Dixon stood out a lot because he was one of the taller defensive backs out there. That wasn't the only reason he stood out though. He should some very good ball skills and the ability to close on the ball quickly. Because of his long legs, so may think it would take him longer to react, but that wasn't the case. He played a lot of press coverage and reacted to the ball being in the air very quickly. Just like Saunders and Dixon, safety could be a place Dixon gets a look at some point as well.
Jamonte Jones – 5-9/167 – Ocala, Fla. – Trinity Cathloic - 2013
FNL Report: The one play that stood out the most with Jones was when he locked up on Florida commit A.C. Leonard and intercepted the pass. He may be young, but he is tough and confident in his ability. He showed good speed when breaking on the ball and he loved to get close to the line of scrimmage and play man coverage. He still has three more years of high school, but he showed signs that he could be a good one in 2013.
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