NFTC DC: The Linemen
Damien Prince
Damien Prince
Director of Scouting
Posted Apr 22, 2013
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An indepth look at the top offensive and defensive linemen at the Nike Football Training Camp held at the Washington Redskins practice facility on April 21, 2013.

The Defensive Line:

1. Josh Sweat, Oscar Smith High, Virginia Beach, Va.
Skinny: I thought Sweat, a class of 2015 prospect, was easily the best defensive end in attendance. At 6'4/215, he's a lean speed rusher with great quickness and burst, but he didn’t just rely on his athleticism. He attacked the offensive line, and if he was engaged, he tore through the block. He won every rep, and made it look relatively easy.

2. Andrew Brown, Oscar Smith High
Skinny: “It's a scary proposition for opponents that Sweat and Brown line up on the same team in the fall for perennial power Oscar Smith. Brown is Mr. Inside to Sweat's Mr. Outside. Powerful and quick off the line, Brown is one of the best tackles I've seen on the NFTC tour.

3. Jalyn Holmes, Lake Taylor High, Norfolk, Va.
Skinny: Named MVP by the coaches in attendance, Holmes was a worthy recipient. Bigger in stature than Sweat, Holmes also showed a good blend of speed and power. Holmes also used a spin move to work his way inside the tackle that drew everyone's attention. Holmes worked at left end making a formidable 1st group with Sweat and Brown.

4. Yazeed Atariwa, Dominion High, Sterling, Va.
Skinny: Atariwa also lined up at defensive end, but he's carrying a little more weight than Sweat and could move inside one day. Atariwa takes big strides and covers a lot of ground with just a few steps, but he also shows good quickness to get himself away from the grasp of an offensive lineman. Atariwa showed an advanced swim move which he used to continually beat offensive tackles inside.

5. Harry Lewis, Phoebus High, Hampton, Va.
Skinny: It looks like it's going to be another good year in Virginia again next year as Lewis, a class of 2015 prospect, worked well at defensive tackle. He showed terrific hands in getting free from the grappling inside and beat Patrick Allen, another top performer in the Class of 2015, on consecutive snaps to earn a spot in the Top 5.

The Offensive Line:

1. Damian Prince, Bishop McNamara High, Forestville, Md.
Skinny: It speaks volumes about sophomore defensive end Josh Sweat's ability that he faced off with the top offensive lineman in attendance, and went 4-0 in their one-on-ones. While Sweat got the better of Prince, that didn't take away from the flashes of ability Prince displayed. He is light on his feet for his size and sinks well into his base, absorbing rushers. Sweat got the better of Prince in this setting, but I saw enough to know that even up the odds by putting the pads on and including a running game, and Prince can be dominating.

2. Patrick Allen, Franklin High, Reisterstown, Md.
Skinny: Allen, a class of 2015 prospect, lined up at left guard next to Prince at times, and he was the only player to win a rep against five-Star defensive tackle Andrew Brown. Allen used his hands as well as any of the offensive linemen to steer them in the direction he wanted as they tried to spin and rip their way out of his grasp.

3. Nick Clarke, Atlee High, Mechanicsville, Va.
Skinny: The offensive line looked a little timid after watching Sweat and Brown through their first four reps on defense, but Clarke lined up at center and reestablished some order and toughness. At one point, Clarke even took a wicked head slap and still won his rep. He has good size, strength, and I have no doubt about his ability to do the dirty work in the middle of the line.

4. Alec Eberle, Atlee High, Mechanicsville, Va.
Skinny: Eberle had a very similar day to Clarke. He lined up at center and guard during various reps, and though a but undersized, he still showed no fear in stepping in front of the power rushers, and using leverage like a wrestler sometimes does to win his reps. He was smaller than most of the defensive linemen he blocked, but he showed good flexibility, strength, leverage, and balance.

5. Quarvez Boulware, Friendship Collegiate High, Washington, D.C.
Skinny: Another super sophomore in the group of big men, Boulware lined up at right tackle and showed feet as quick as anyone not named Prince. He had an advanced drop step that kept him mobile and in a good base to absorb a rush at the same time. He used his hands well to extend the speed rushers beyond the quarterback target.

Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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