Las Vegas NLA 7on7: All-Time Defense

Su'a Cravens

A look at the top performers on defense at the first five NLA 7on7 tournaments in Las Vegas...

All-Time Defense

Michael Clay
Linebacker, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep/Oregon (2008)
The Defensive MVP of the 2013 Fiesta Bowl anchored his squad's defense in an unbeaten weekend and the tournament title in the first year.

Vontaze Burfict
Linebacker, Corona (Calif.) Centennial/Arizona State (2008)
The Cincinnati Bengal linebacker was the most physically imposing player in the tournament, maybe ever, Burfict was a sight to see during the first tournament.

Chris Martin
Linebacker, Aurora (Colo.) Grandview/Kansas (2009)
Whether it was lining up at linebacker or tight end, Martin was uncoverable and made plays on both sides of the ball.  Now at Kansas after a circuitous route to get there.

Dion Bailey
Safety, Lakewood (Calif.)/USC (2009)
Part of a strong defense in the second year of the tournament, and helped his team win the title.  Now starting at USC.

George Atkinson
Safety, Livermore (Calif.) Granada/Notre Dame (2010)
One of the better two-way players in the tournament's run, he was great on both sides of the ball, especially in the secondary.  Now playing at Notre Dame.

Ishmael Adams
Cornerback, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian/UCLA (2010-11)
Another terrific two-way player, he was a bigtime contributor to two 1925 teams, especially his second run, after moving from Georgia.

Tahaan Goodman
Safety, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)/UCLA (2012)
Another of the more physically impressive players, especially in the secondary, at the tournament, was excellent in coverage and had a handful of picks, as part of a loaded secondary.

Ahmad Dixon
Safety, Waco (Texas) Midway/Baylor (2009)
One of the few non-West Coast participants to come to Vegas, the Baylor Bear and all-Big 12 selection was the lone bright spot on a talented but underachieving outfit in year two.

Terrance Mitchell
Cornerback, Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank/Oregon (2009)
One of the star's of Oregon's defense now, Mitchell was a relative unknown when he earned all-tournament honors in 2009.

Sean Martin
Cornerback, Corona (Calif.) Santiago/Oregon State (2008)
Along with Clay, the future Oregon State corner helped his team stay unbeaten and win the first tournament.

Cliff Harris
Cornerback, Fresno (Calif.) Edison/Oregon (2008)
The original two-way star in the 7on7, the polarizing Oregon cornerback was his teams best receiver and the best pure defensive back in year one.


Su'a Cravens
Athlete, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta/USC (2012)
Could have been all tournament for either side of the ball in 2012, the West's top prospect in the 2013 class, shined at both receiver and safety in the first run for the Frat Boyz, to the semifinals.


Honorable Mention
LB Uaea Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland/Utah (2012), LB Matthew Lyons, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey/Nevada (2010), LB Josh Shirley, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser/Washington (2009), LB Manoa Pikula, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham/BYU (2010), LB Todd Golper, Arcadia (Calif.)/UCLA (2012) DB Sean Parker, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne/Washington (2009), DB T.J. McDonald, Fresno (Calif.) Edison/USC (2008), DB Joshua Shaw, Palmdale (Calif.)/USC (2009), DB Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)/USC (2012), DB Chris Badger, Provo (Utah) Timpview/Notre Dame (2008-09), DB Hatari Byrd, Fresno (Calif.) Central/Oklahoma (2012), DB Cedric Dozier, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes/California (2011) Recommended Stories

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