Bleacher Report's 7-on-7 Defensive Dream Team for 2015
Last week, we revealed the 7-on-7 offensive dream team. Now, it's time for the same to be done on the defensive side of the ball.
Defenses on 7-on-7 teams are made up of back-seven defenders. This defensive squad was built with speed and range in mind at the linebacker position. The secondary was also built on speed, but an emphasis was put on size and length.
It's hard to see 7-on-7 offenses scoring on this unit.
LB/S: Kyahva Tezino
This defense would be able to easily shift back and forth between 2-5 and 3-4 looks in the back-seven. The reason for its versatility is 4-star defender Kyahva Tezino.
From Los Angeles, Tezino is a rangy outside linebacker who can also play some strong safety. At 6'0" and 192 pounds, he isn't the biggest player you'll see work on the second level. However, he has good speed and quickness to annoy pass-catchers in coverage.
Tezino also would be able to close hard on balls in 7-on-7 games to not allow much yardage after the catch. Arizona leads Miami and UCLA, according to 247Sports.
LB: Roquan Smith
Speed is the theme at the linebacker position on this team. That is why Roquan Smith is a perfect fit here. He would be able to play on the flanks, as well as in the middle.
Although Smith is only 205 pounds, he can run like a deer. The 6'2" Georgia native has the ability to stick with tight ends and running backs in coverage, as he can easily carry them through the third level of the field.
Georgia, Florida and Auburn are his top schools, says 247Sports.
LB: John Houston
John Houston is a 5-star linebacker whose athleticism and ability to excel in coverage would surely be a prime fit for this team.
At 6'3" and 211 pounds, the California native has no issues flipping his hips and buzzing into coverage. Houston has solid route-recognition skills, plus he redirects impressively in space. He would be able to play on the outside and inside, as he can play man and zone coverage effectively.
Look for Houston to sign with USC next February.
CB: Iman Marshall
Having big cornerbacks who can suffocate receivers on the outside is a nice asset to have, and this team has just that.
The first cornerback slot on this squad belongs to Iman Marshall, a 5-star cover man who is 6'1" and 190 pounds. Not only does the California native have great size, he also plays with outstanding awareness and instincts.
Marshall can press receivers well at the line, as well as sit off of them on the perimeter. Schools such as USC, UCLA and Stanford are in the mix, per 247Sports.
Marshall told the following to Jake Brown of IrishIllustrated.com (subscription required) on June 10:
"In 7-on-7 you know most of the dudes that you play 7-on-7 with. It’s more low-key fun."
S: Tarvarus McFadden
Most lists show Tarvarus McFadden as a cornerback, but he also has the skills needed to dominate as a safety.
The Florida native is a 5-star defensive back who is already 6'3" and 198 pounds. With his size, length and speed, McFadden would be able to smother tight ends and slot receivers in press-man coverage for this team.
His presence alone would allow this defense to play a ton of Cover 1. Florida State, Clemson, Georgia and LSU are among his main suitors, according to 247Sports.
S: Derwin James
The next safety on this team is Derwin James. From Florida, James is a 5-star defensive back who has an incredible blend of athleticism and intelligence.
He is comfortable working in the box, but James also has the ability to direct traffic from the center of the secondary. At 6'2" and 201 pounds, he sprints out of transition to close in on the ball in a hurry. The Florida State pledge has good movement skills and range on the back end.
CB: Kevin Toliver II
As mentioned before, we emphasized size and strength for the cornerback position.
Kevin Toliver II, a 5-star cornerback from Florida, is an ideal player with those qualities. At 6'2" and 185 pounds, Toliver has the ability to bully receivers at the line with sharp jams. He has great quickness to recover, plus he isn't bad at all in off-man or zone coverage.
He is committed to LSU.