Charlotte NFTC: Top LB Performers

Some talented linebackers were in attendance at last weekend's NFTC. Below are those who impressed Scout.

Hassan Belton, 2015 MLB, Blythewood (S.C.)

Belton is athlete that happens to play linebacker. He was more like a running back during the pass rushing drill, avoiding blockers with quickness and agility to make for easy would-be sacks on the quarterback. He was just as good in space, tracking the ball well and not getting embarrassed during the cat-and-mouse drill like several of his peers failed to do. Scout didn't see Belton lose a single rep.

Ryan Dunn, 2015 MLB, Loxahatchee (Fla.)

Dunn made the trip from Seminole Ridge in Florida, and he attacked the ball carrier as if it was the only way he'd be able to get a ride home. Dunn closed well and picked good enough angles that he didn't always break down into tackling stances, but he didn't have to.

Jarrett McCarter, 2015 MLB, Durham (N.C.) Hillside

McCarter is a big linebacker, who could end up putting his hand on the ground in the future. He is thick, but has deceptive quickness and reaction to the ball carrier and receiver. McCarter is also strong and has solid lateral movement.

A.J. O'Neal, 2015 OLB, Holly Springs (N.C.)

Getting better as the day progressed helped O'Neal take home linebacker MVP honors. He was good early on, but really excelled in coverage and in space against shifty running backs. He understands angles against the run and gets right to his assignment vs. the pass, making him an outside linebacker to keep an eye on down the road.

Jahvoni Simmons, 2015 MLB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes

The top prospect in attendance Saturday on paper is built for grittier inside play, but he competed and learned from his early mistakes in space. Simmons was in his comfort zone coming downhill at an angle against the run, making the play and drawing praise from the coaching staff every time out. In space, he realized he has to work on his game, but showed flashes of good technique and understanding of his role as the day progressed.

Daquan Tindal, 2016 OLB, Sumter (S.C.) Lakewood

Tindal was another sophomore who stood out during pursuit drills. At 6-foot-3-plus, Tindal covered a lot of ground quickly, but still had the flexibility to break down and change directions.

Chad Simmons, John Garcia and Scott Kennedy contributed to this feature.

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