Atlanta NFTC: Top DL (Videos)

Marietta, Ga. - When traveling the country and trying to decide what helps make the South so dominant in college football, one need not look farther than the lines of scrimmage to see the difference in the rest of the country. Here's a look at the top defensive linemen from a talented group at the Nike Camp in Atlanta on Sunday.

The Nike Camp made a stop in Atlanta, Ga. over the weekend, and arguably the most talented group of the day were the linemen. The offensive line got the better of the defensive line as a whole for one of the first times in recent memory (top performers), but that's not to say there weren't a host of talented big men on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage.

Here is a look at the top performers from Sunday's action. Each of these players won at least three reps in the one on one segment of the camp.

Antwuan Jackson (6'2/260), 2016, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove HS
Scary to think that Jackson is only a sophomore right now. He's thick through the hips and legs, carrying his weight extremely well. His powerful lower body gives him a tremendous burst off the line. He's adept at using his hands, an advanced skill for his age. Jackson will continue to get bigger and could be a 4-3 defensive tackle, but he also has the quickness to be a 3-4 defensive end.


Chauncey Rivers (6'3/240), 2015, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson HS
Georgia Commitment

Rivers quickly got everyone's attention when he beat 5-Star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt off the line on consecutive plays. What was impressive about his afternoon was his ability to beat Hyatt on the edge, and then move inside to take on one of the day's top offensive linemen Randy Robinson on the interior line. Again, what helped Rivers be successful besides a quick first step, was his ability to get his hands on his opponent and dictate the action. While he was successful inside against Robinson, Rivers' ultimate destination will be on the edge.


Jonathan Ledbetter (6'4/270), 2015, Tucker (Ga.) Tucker HS
Alabama Commitment
Ledbetter and fellow Alabama commitment Dallas Warmack had and epic battle through the day with Ledbetter getting the best of Warmack early and Warmack winning three straight reps to end the day. Ledbetter has a wicked swim move that overwhelmed his opposition going either to his left or his right. Typically, Ledbetter would be considered a surefire defensive tackle prospect, but with Alabama's jumbo defensive line scheme, it wouldn't be a total surprise to see him as a 3-4 end for the Tide.


Michail Carter (6'3/300), 2016, Jackson (Ga.) Jackson HS
Only a sophomore, Carter is just about a grown man. Listed at 262 as a freshman, Carter is easily over 300 pounds now. While the theme of the day on the defensive line were thick, quick hybrid tackle/ends, there's no doubt that Carter will stay inside on the next level, and he may be the best prospect of any of the linemen before all is said and done. He'll continue to improve as he hones his technique, but he makes this list of sheer size and athleticism. His burst off the line is scary quick for how big he is.


Miles Fox (6'0/260), 2015, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill HS
Fox's 6'0 height is going to scare off some colleges. It shouldn't. There are a load of 6'0 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.

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