NJ/NY NFTC: Top DBs

Minkah Fitzpatrick

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – A look at the top five defensive backs from Sunday's NIKE Football Training Camp at the New York Jets training facility.

The NIKE Football Training Camp stopped at the New York Jets training facility Sunday with talented defensive backs eager to showcase their abilities.

Scout.com takes a look at the top performers of the event.


1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-foot, 180, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep

Skinny: Fitzpatrick used his length and fluid athleticism to lock down his portion of the field all day. He seemed to be in on every play with a hand between the receiver and the football. Fitzpatrick takes the top spot over some other deserving competitors based on volume of plays. Every quarterback on the field wanted to challenge the newest commitment to Alabama and coach Nick Saban. And every quarterback went on to regret it. Fitzpatrick picked off at least four passes in 1-on-1s, and was just physical enough to avoid penalties against receivers.


2. John Reid, 5-11, 180, Philadelphia St. Joseph's

Skinny: Reid was just as unbeatable as Fitzpatrick, but did not get to showcase the same variety of skills. Where many quarterbacks decided to challenge the new Alabama commit, Reid found himself going long stretches without a ball coming anywhere near him. He saw less action overall than Fitzpatrick. Reid's backpedal is second nature, and he flips his hips smoother than many college cornerbacks. The only times receivers got any separation came when Reid allowed them to in an attempt to bait quarterbacks.


3. Kareem Ali, 5-10, 170, Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek

Skinny: Concerns over Ali's height only make the talented cornerback hungrier to go against the best competition. Ali sticks right on top of receivers regardless of the route he is facing, and made quarterbacks hit the perfect throw to beat him. The size of receivers like Juwan Johnson and Lawrence Cager gave Ali some problems, but he had three break ups coming his way for every completion. Ali frustrated multiple receivers by jamming them in the red zone.


4. Myles Hartsfield, 6-foot, 175, Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville War Memorial

Skinny: It started with a good showing during the SPARQ session, and ended with solid reps at safety and cornerback. Hartsfield showed why he could end up at many different spots with quick feet, vision and closing speed. He did not get nearly as many looks as anyone in the top three, but he is a pure athlete that needs to refine some technique and look for the ball earlier when playing cornerback.


5. De'ron Maxwell, 6-2, 180, Woolwich (N.J.) Kingsway

Skinny: Maxwell projects as a safety, but moved like a cornerback at times. Maxwell plays strong. He kept his balance, and closed quickly with safety help when needed. Only the top-level tight ends gave Maxwell trouble in route running, and he displayed a competitive nature that is ideal for a hard-nosed safety. Maxwell has some room to improve in 1-on-1 coverage assignments, and he was occasionally caught flat-footed.

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