Stanford NFTC: Defensive Top Ten

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Scout.com selects the top ten performers on defense at the Stanford NFTC...

Defensive Top Ten

Christopher Santini
Linebacker, San Jose (Calif.) Leland
Santini is listed as a safety, with numerous schools offering him as such, but some schools like him as a linebacker, and so Santini played there on Sunday and he looked plenty comfortable. He was probably the most athletic linebacker of the group and he's also extremely physical. On one rep in the four-on-four's, he chucked a much bigger and stronger tight end at the line of scrimmage and ended his involvement in the drill.

Dalis Bruce
Cornerback, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Bruce has had a great spring, and while he was the best receiver at the Elite 11 on Friday, he switched over to corner and did very well at the position on Sunday.

Daniel Halverson
Linebacker, Portland (Ore.) Grant
The linebacker corps was pretty stout and it was a sleeper type who won the MVP award in Halverson.  We saw Halverson at the U.S. Army Combine and he was excellent there and he continues to blossom and had a great day in the positional drills and the one-on-one's.  Halverson moves well laterally and in space and has good, active hands.

Donte Deayon
Defensive Back, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Deayon, had a great week that got greater with the MVP award.  Deayon got his first offer earlier in the week, from Boise State, and with the pressure of that first offer gone, Deayon went out and locked up the receivers.

Dwight Melvin
Defensive Line, Laveen (Ariz.) Fairfax
The OL's were talented, but the one defensive lineman they could not stop was Melvin.  He fires off the ball, has great quickness and technique and was impossible to block. He didn't lose a one-on-one the entire day and was the easy pick for DL MVP.  He got the best of Jeremiah Poutasi a couple of times.

Jeremiah Allison
Linebacker, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Allison continues to make the transition from defensive end, which he plays for the Dons, to linebacker, which he'll play in college.

Marcus Rios
Cornerback, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks
Rios is the top cornerback prospect in Northern California and the Boise State commit showed why he's one of the premier players at his position in the region. Rios is tall and fast, and while he's still on the skinny side (weighing in at 165), he plays much bigger, and did a good job jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Scott Starr
Linebacker, Norco (Calif.)
Starr continues to look good in pass coverage and moving laterally and he's even bigger than when we saw him play in the fall. Starr looks like he could play any of the linebacker spot and was the most physically impressive linebacker there.

Shaquille Thompson
Safety, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Thompson was the most impressive specimen there and looks every bit the five-star prospect that he is. He even played some receiver on the day and the running back for Grant showed he's just as talented on offense, twice blowing by the secondar

Tee Shepard
Cornerback, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Shepard was doing his first extensive camp work of the spring, with a shoulder injury sidelining him for much of it. But he too showed the talent that has him rated #2 nationally at corner. Shepard is a big corner, and he looks like he could grow into a safety at the next level. He's got smooth backpedal and quick hips to complement the size.

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