FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Tommy Hatton had a big Sunday as he was the top offensive lineman at the Nike…
The Nike Football Training Camp stopped at the New York Jets practice facility Sunday, and it brought out some strong competition.
Scout.com takes a look at the top offensive linemen at the event:
1. Tommy Hatton, 6-2 1/2, 285, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's Regional
Skinny: Hatton was so good he was a surprise winner of an invite to The Opening, and he deserved it. Hatton was physical and quick, he moved his feet well and competed, utilized his strength, showed good knee bend and wanted to take every rep ...even when the coaches were asking him to back off. Hatton was pure energy and determination, and he was the easily the best offensive linemen at the event.
2. Ryan Bates, 6-5, 285, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
Skinny: Bates, a Penn State commit, did a good job of staying low and using his initial punch to stagger the defensive lineman. He moved his feet well and was able to get his hands inside and control the leverage battle. Bates also sat patiently in his stance and didn't panic when the defensive player seemed to get an edge. He recovered well and moved his feet quickly.
3. Grant Newsome, 6-6, 290, The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School
Skinny: Newsome had the unenviable task of being a left tackle in a 1-on-1 competition, which is slanted greatly toward defensive ends. His kickstep was good, he did a good job of not reaching and he used his length to tie up and frustrated defensive ends. Newsome also showed a good initial punch, and his lateral slide and footwork was also solid.
4. Jon Runyan Jr., 6-3 1/2, 265, Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep
Skinny: Runyan, a Michigan commit, was technically sound. His initial punch had purpose and he moved his feet well. He stayed low in his pass protection stance, and he did not reach. His balance was good, but he had a little difficulty when a speedy defensive lineman tried to go straight up the field on him. He was solid, and will continue to improve as his strength and size increase.
5. Benson Israel, 6-1, 315, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's Regional
Skinny: Benson is a big undersized, but he was a nice surprise, and physical. He was aggressive in his first punch, and it often resulted in the defensive player being stunned in his tracks for a moment. Benson moved his feet and had good knee bend, and his footwork to move laterally looked clean.