Atlanta NFTC: Top DL Performers

Jonathan Ledbetter

The defensive line group was one of the strongest at the Atlanta NFTC. It was loaded with top tier D1 prospects and here are the ones that stood out the most to Scout...

Austin Bryant, 2015 DE, Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central
Bryant had some success in the one-on-one session and he had some good battles with offensive tackle Chuma Edoga. He has really developed physically over the past year, he showed good quickness off the ball, and he worked his hands well throughout the event.

Michail Carter, 2016 DT, Jackson (Ga.)
Carter had a first step that getting him past his blockers, an impressive display for an interior lineman with the bulk to play nose guard. For such a young player he is already adept at using his hands.

Nick Dawson, 2015 DE, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Aca.
Dawson made his name as an edge rusher during the one on ones. He had the speed to beat tackles around the corner, but he also had the strength to push them back should they get caught cheating outside.

Miles Fox, 2015 DT, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill
Fox's 6-foot height is going to scare off some colleges. It shouldn't. There are a load of 6-foot interior linemen in the NFL. Fox's first step was all he needed to beat the offensive linemen put in front of him. Once he had half a step on his opponent, his powerful legs easily pushed him past and through the linemen holding on for dear life.

Dylan Jackson, 2015 DE, Maryville (Tenn.)
Jackson is long and lean and the Tennessee commit did everything off the edge. He used his length to create separation from the opposition, and combined it with good power and speed to get by blockers.

Quentez Johnson, 2015 DT, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Johnson looks like a nose guard, but he can move. He played light on his feet defeating interior offensive linemen off the ball. He worked his hands well and he showed good quickness off the ball.

Jonathan Ledbetter, 2015 DT, Tucker (Ga.)
Ledbetter went against fellow Alabama commit early on and the two split reps. Ledbetter is an athletic DL with good size, agility, and quickness. He has length to create separation and he could play inside or outside on the next level.

Natrez Patrick, 2015 DE, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays
Patrick displayed strength and a burst Sunday. He played with good leverage and he got better throughout the event. If he lost a rep, he listened to the coach, he corrected his mistake, and ended up on the better end next time.

Chauncey Rivers, 2015 DE, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
Rivers was lined up against 5-Star offensive tackle prospect Mitch Hyatt (Clemson commit) and beat him on consecutive plays. He's versatile enough that he moved to the interior to take reps as well. He has added goo weight and kept his speed.

Julian Rochester, 2016 DL, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern
Rochester was a monster Sunday and he is currently only a sophomore. Some think he could prject highest as an offensive tackle, but he continues to impress Scout on the defensive line. He just overpowers his opponents and he moves very well for his size.

John Garcia and Scott Kennedy contributed to this feature.

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