Opening Columbus: Defensive Report

The Michigan Insider breaks down the top defensive performers from Sunday's Nike Football Opening Regional Columbus held at Ohio State.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nike's annual combine was held at Ohio State University on Sunday, and the camp participants didn't disappoint. It was loaded with talented players from across the country, with many of them having notable interest in Michigan.

Below is a complete breakdown of the top defensive players involved in the all-day event with instant analysis from The Michigan Insider.

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 2017 LB Josh Ross is the younger brother of current Wolverine LB, James Ross, and plays just like his brother on the field too. He's fast and athletic, and has the ability to close on his defender in space. He also shows the ability to defend his opponent in pass coverage as well. He won his fair share of 1-on-1s.

2017 CB Paris Ford impressed many with his ability check his opponents in 1-on-1 coverage. He's a legit cover corner. He can make plays on the field and should help someone's secondary at the next level eventually.

Pittsburgh 2016 safety commit Tony Butler continued to impress with his aggressive style of play. Butler is a safety who can cover. He won his fair share of 1-on-1 matchups, and wasn't afraid to go up against the best wide outs in attendance.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell had a solid outing today in camp. He showed nice start line speed. He's probably a safety when it's all said and done. He's athletic enough to cover bigger wide outs on the edge too.


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