Charlotte NFTC: Top DB Performers

Corey Bell

The defensive back group was one of the deepest and most talented positions at last weekend's NFTC. Below are those who impressed Scout.

Deandre Baker, 2015 CB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Making the long commute from Miami, there wasn't a more physical cornerback on the field Saturday than Baker. He challenged several big wideouts at the line and won more times than not, though he shows he has enough speed to recover when his quick-jams aren't as effective.

Corey Bell, 2015 CB, Cornelius (N.C.) Hough

The North Carolina commit took rep after rep all day and never backed away from a challenge on his way to winning MVP honors. His technique is what jumps out, but he also run very well. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Bell does a nice job of putting himself in position to make plays and has a high football I.Q.

Kaleb Chalmers, 2015 CB, Greenwood (S.C.)

Chalmers was comfortable in man and zone coverage. He did a nice job of getting in and out of his backpedal. Chalmers also broke on the ball quickly and showed good ball skills.

Tim Glass, 2016 S, Danville (Va.) George Washington

Glass has good size and is extremely physical. He is also smooth in coverage and has good range in the secondary. He picked up his first two scholarship offers last week and more are on the way.

Stephen Griffin, 2015 S, Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg.

The Tennessee commit is a long, rangy athlete. He moves well for a safety his size, is extremely physical and has a lot of natural ability. Look for him to make an impact in Knoxville early in his college career.

Mike Hughes, 2015 CB, New Bern (N.C.)

Ball skills, ball skill, ball skills - Hughes has hands. He adjusted to the ball well, he played the ball well, and he showed wide receiver-like hands. He was solid in coverage on and off the receiver Saturday as well and one of the top defensive backs in a very strong group.

Jarius Morehead, 2015 S, Gibsonville (N.C.)

Morehead is strong and very physical. He jammed receivers at the line and did a nice job of flipping his hips and running with them. Morehead was also comfortable in zone coverage and broke quickly on the football.

Dayshawn Pridgen, 2015 CB, Goldsboro (N.C.) Eastern Wayne

Small in stature, but there wasn't a cornerback that had more interceptions on this day than Pridgen. He breaks on the ball very well and isn't afraid to be physical despite not having ideal size at cornerback. Pridgen has superb ball skills and quickness, and can run with most wideouts down the field, too.

Mook Reynolds, 2015 CB, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford

If there was someone who raised his stock more than Reynolds did Saturday, tell us about him? The Virginia Tech commit is very fluid and he has the length you look for in a top flight corner. He liked to play physical, he liked to press at the line of scrimmage, and his ranking will see an improvement in the near future.

Robbie Robinson, 2016 CB, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus

Although he is not the biggest corner, Robinson is one of the best in the 2016 class. He is tough and fearless. Robinson has also added a good amount of muscle during the offseason and it showed when he was in man coverage, as he was able to jam several receivers. He also showed a quick, smooth backpedal and made several plays on the ball.

Van Smith, 2015 S, Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg

The Clemson commit had a very good day and he had fun. Smith had a smile on his face and it could have been because of the amount of success he had in the secondary. He got his hands on many passes and he impressed with the way he tracked the ball. He is an athlete and he showed that off as well.

Cedric Stone, 2016 CB, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence

Young and long, Stone has the natural tools to become an impact defensive back one day. He's likely a safety at the next level, but he showed good physicality and savvy in one-on-one drills. His long arms stymie the stem of his oppositions routes and help him get a hand on the ball more times than not. Stone's best asset may be his anticipation and understanding of the route tree, however.

Levonta Taylor, 2016 CB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes

Taylor was impressive all day. He was fluid in drills and performed well in one-on-ones. Taylor, who is one of the top cornerbacks in 2016 class, looked bigger and stronger than he was last season. He has good technique, is very fast and makes plays on the ball. It's scary to think he has two years of high school football left to play.

Anthony Womack 2016 S, Virginia Beach (Va) Ocean Lakes

Womack is a strong, physical defensive back. His smooth backpedal and quick hips allowed him to make several plays on Saturday. He will join and already loaded secondary at Ocean Lakes this fall and look for scholarship offers to start coming his way in the near future.

Chad Simmons, John Garcia and Scott Kennedy contributed to this feature.

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