Orlando NFTC: Top Eight Defense

Derwin James

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Over 200 football players hit the field to compete at the Nike Football Training Camp Saturday and Scout breaks down the top eight defensive performers here...

Kenyatta Anderson, 2015 CB, Gulfport Boca Ciega
Not many know this name yet, but he will have offers by the end of the spring. He was the second best defensive back Saturday and likely the top cover guy. He is close to 6-feet tall, he can play press coverage, and he ran with some top wideouts.

Byron Cowart, 2015 DE, Seffner Armwood
Things did not start off like Cowart wanted due to a defeat in his first one-on-one rep, but things turned quickly for the better. He was aggressive, he was hungry, and he got after it. He showed he could win on the outside, but he was most effective working the inside. He is put together well and he could end up playing strongside end or becoming a force at three-technique on the next level.

Marques Ford, 2015 DE, Gibsonton East Bay
More of a lean rush end in Ford and he flashed quickness off the ball and the ability to work his hands Saturday. He needs to gain weight and get stronger, but he is all about speed. Once he turns the corner, he closes fast.

Tomon Fox, 2016 DE, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill
This sophomore made the final five on the defensive line and he won consecutive battles against top offensive tackle Abdul Bello late in the day. The defensive line coaches spoke highly of him and he stood out. He moved well, he showed good strength, and he displayed good speed off the ball.

Andrew Ivie, 2015 DT, Dade City Pasco
Ivie looks like an old-school type of defensive lineman. He is not the tallest and he may not make someone look twice when he walks by, but he gets the job done. He comes off the ball low, he showed good leverage, and he won many more battles than he lost.

Derwin James, 2015 S, Haines City
Arguably the top overall performer on the defensive side of the ball Saturday. He looks like an outside linebacker, but he plays like a safety. He is physical, fast, and instinctive. He had interceptions and pass break ups. Florida State is getting a very good one.

Janarius Robinson, 2016 DE, Panama City Bay
Yes, Robinson is raw, and he is somewhat of a project, but he is one to watch moving forward. He is athletic, he has a good get-off, and he only going to get better. He did not show many moves and he needs to work on disengaging, but he is an athlete with good size, quickness, and athleticism.

Darius Smalls, 2015 DT, Jacksonville Sandalwood
A true interior defensive lineman that weighs over 340 pounds. He looks sloppy and he needs to reshape his body, but he showed good quickness and power. He had a good get-off and he really worked his hands. He is more of a nose tackle, but showed he can get up the field.

For all the latest news and notes from the Nike Football Training Camp, check out Scout's complete 2014 NFTC coverage.

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