DL Strong at Memphis NFTC

Former NFL defensive linemen Chuck Wiley and Kennard Lang had a lot of talent to work with Sunday in Memphis at the Nike Football Training Camp. They saw a lot of future difference makers on the collegiate level...

"I thought as a whole that the group was solid. It was one of the deepest interior defensive line groups that we have had this year at the NFTC's," said defensive line coach Chuck Wiley.

"We had a lot of talent and we had a lot of kids that could play end or tackle in college. We had a lot of strong and thick kids that could move around, so that was good to see too. We had guys that would be ideal for the 3-4 defenses and some that would be ideal for the 4-3 defenses."

"We had kids from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas that were solid. We saw some good talent overall and they have some potential."

In the end, Breeland Speaks took home the honors as the top defensive lineman which is selected by the defensive line coaches.

Speaks impressed Wiley.

"He is a guy that is physical, violent, and very coachable. Being coachable is the number one thing we look at and he was doing everything he was told. He was ripping, spinning, working his hands, and just working on what we asked him to work on. We really appreciate when players adjust when we see what the offensive linemen are doing.

"He also has pure brute strength. He is a very physical player and he really did a good job. A number of kids did a great job to be honest with you."

Another one that really stood out to the former star at LSU and in the NFL was Garrald McDowell out of Covington, La.

"That kid did a great job. He was violent, he was fast off the ball, and he did a great job listening to the coaching too," added Wiley. "It was really neck-and-neck between him and Speaks for that top spot. Garrald is one of those kids that be moved around and be very effective in college."

Others that stood out on the DL were Derek Barnett, Josh Frazier, and Davon Godchaux to name a few.

Wiley enjoys working with talent he gets to coach up on the NFTC tour. He did not have this type of opportunity when he was coming out of high school, so he is happy he can give back.

"The thing we appreciate is when these kids are hungry. We can give back to these kids on the NFTC tour. We can show them little things like how to work their hands, how to improve their footwork, how to work their hips, and things like that. I was very raw coming out of high school, so it is nice to be out here seeing kids hungry to learn and to get better. It doesn't get any better than that."

Oregon Bound

Four Memphis NFTC participants were invited to The Opening at the conclusion of the camp Sunday afternoon.

Safety C.J. Hampton, wide receiver Josh Malone, defensive end Gerrald McDowell, and linebacker Petera Wilson were the prospects invited. All four made Scout's top five offensive performers and top five defensive performers.

Hampton is committed to Ole Miss, but he plans to visits Stanford this summer and Auburn and Tennessee are on his radar as well.

Malone plans to narrow his list down to around a dozen schools by the summer. He added an offer from Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. Auburn, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech all offered him last week as well. He has 35 scholarship offers now.

McDowell picked up offers from Florida and Tennessee last week and he is now up to a dozen scholarships. Alabama has also offered the Louisiana native.

Wilson says he is "wide open" to all schools still. When asked about offers, he quickly responded to Scout with "everyone." He had a great day at linebacker.

In-State Wide Receiver Shined

Josh Malone out of Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn. is a Scout 300 wide receiver and he showed why on Sunday.

After checking in at 6-feet, 2-inches tall and running the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds, Malone caught everything.

"Josh is a big and fluid athlete," wide receivers coach and NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks told Scout. "You do not find guys with his size with the ability to run routes. He runs good routes and he has great hands. He has some of the best hands I have seen.

"He just continues to get better and better. I saw him at this time last year and now seeing the improvement he has made shows me something. He is a hard worker and he is a big-time player. I think he is going to be a big-time player on the next level no matter where he goes."

Brooks has already worked with talented wideouts in California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas, so he has seen his share of talent in 2013.

Malone could be one of the best.

"He would be right in the mix with the best of them without question. When you look at overall combination of size, speed, hands, and his ability to run routes, he may be the best I have seen so far. He does most of the things you look for in a receiver very well."

The four-star like all, still has some room to improve too.

"It is all about the detail for Malone now," Brooks said. "He is a bigger guy, so it is harder for those guys to get in and out of their breaks, so as he continues to refine that part of his game, he will be even better. Getting out of his breaks and separating from press coverage are two things he can get better at."

Malone took in all the coaching from Brooks Sunday and earned MVP honors and an invite to The Opening when all was said and done.

He was very excited about both.

"I will get to go out there and work with the best receivers and quarterbacks in the nation and I will get to go against the nation's best defensive backs out in Oregon. It is exciting to get the top receiver award here and know that I am going to The Opening," Malone told Scout.

Malone wanted to travel across the country.

"That invite to The Opening was on my mind as soon as I got to the camp. I wanted to prove I was one of the best and I guess I did that. It was a good day for me."

2015 OL to Watch

Memphis University School was in the state championship game in 2012 and that is when Scout identified sophomore offensive tackle Drew Richmond.

The 6-foot-5, 306 pound offensive tackle out of MUS was on his home turf Sunday and he is going to be one of the best in his class.

He struggled some in the 1on1s, but you saw that bounce in his step, that natural bend, and that athleticism. He may not have won all of his reps, but he showed what you want to see in a young offensive tackle.

"I think I did OK, but I know I can do a lot better," Richmond told Scout after the camp concluded. "I have some things to work on and they showed me a lot today."

Schools like Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and Tennessee have already offered this future Scout 300 prospect. He has the tools you look for.

"He hasn't won a rep yet, but he would be the first offensive lineman I would draft out here," Scout's Director of Scouting said during the 1on1 session.

You just see it in this young offensive tackler. Once he learns how to set his base, use his length, and to play within himself, he has a chance to be special.

"I want to be the best. I work hard, I want to get better, and I know this camp will help me.

"I am excited about the offers and I did not think they would start coming this early. I am going to keep working to get better."

You saw as the day went on, Richmond got more comfortable, and he got better. At the end of the 1on1 session, he was called out as one of the top five offensive linemen. This young man has potential and he is one you will hear a lot more about in the coming years.

For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.

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