The Opening: Top 5 Defensive Surprises
In a group of big, physical linemen on both sides, Taua was one of the smaller guys there, but everyone quickly learned not to underestimate him as he used his quickness, get-off, motor and competitiveness to make his mark as one of the toughest defensive linemen to handle in one on ones. He's already a four-star, but outperformed expectations and surprised many who had not seen him before and judged the book by its cover.
Chad Thomas (6'5, 240) - Miami Booker T. Washington (Fla.)
Thomas was always considered a long, athletic kid with upside, but he showed more sides to his game by powering through some of the strongest and biggest offensive linemen in attendance. He tossed a couple aside with ease and arguably put on the most impressive performance of any defensive linemen there and demonstrated that he's improving and putting himself among elite company.
Rashaan Evans (6'3, 218) - Auburn (Ala.)
Listed as a defensive end, Evans played linebacker in 7 on 7 and was very impressive in coverage. He had several interceptions and big plays dropping back and has now let the world know that he can not only come forward, but can drop into coverage as well. he still may ultimately end up with his hand down, but he used this event to show that he can do a lot more than just rush the passer.
Bijhon Jackson (6'2, 315) - El Dorado (Ar.)
Jackson was the lowest ranked of the defensive line group, but he did not play like it. His strong, bowling ball type frame and powerful style made him a handful for offensive linemen. He wasn't all power though, as he showed some quickness and moves in the one on ones. Ranking aside, he appears to be a kid who could add more offers if he performs during his senior season like he did in Oregon.
Adarius Pickett (6'0, 185) - El Cerrito (Ca.)
All though he is a four-star, there were many corners with higher rankings and bigger press clippings than Pickett, but his performance put him right there with any of them. He provided tight coverage throughout the one on ones and certainly during two days of 7 on 7 and those who were not familiar with him going in certainly knew his name by the end of the event.
autigers.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More