A “bounce back” Miami Hurricanes 2017 season didn’t end the way they or their fans wanted. However, progress was made to restoring “The U” to it’s dominant status. And, players like WR Braxton Berrios were part of that rebuilding.
First, as you probably know, the 2017 Canes reached 10-0 with upsets of nationally ranked Virginia Tech and Notre Dame in November that put them in the College Football Playoff Conversation at that time.
Unfortunately, the season crashed after that with a stunning upset loss at Pitt, an ACC title game defeat to Clemson, and then an Orange Bowl loss to Wisconsin. So, there will be a sense of unfinished business for the returning players this fall.
However, players like Berrios have their careers done, and it’s time to move on, perhaps to the next level.
Berrios, who’s generously listed at 5’9 195 lbs. is a tough nosed inside receiver that is hoping to catch the eye of NFL scouts and personnel people for the draft at the end of the month.
On Sunday night, he joined our F.F.I. alumni colleague, Chris Fischer, on NBC 6 in Miami for their “Sports Final” show:
Big @NBC6Sports #SportsFinal coming up, former #Canes star receiver @HNYNUT_BERRIOS joins us in studio talking #NFLDraft and @IraHeatBeat discussing #Heat and Whiteside’s future. #TuneIn pic.twitter.com/ZLbyJEZmWe
— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) April 2, 2018
As Berrios, a 2017 team captain, said on the show, he was part of the rebuilding process after Al Golden was fired two years ago and Mark Richt was brought in. Berrios also developed as a weapon on offense, specifically in the slot.
A year ago, he caught for career highs 55 receptions and 679 yards and also, for a team high eight TDs. Plus, you can add his 12.3 yards per catch average, while making some spectacular catches in his four years with the Hurricanes.
He actually stopped participating in the NFL Combine in February after suffering a mild pectoral injury in the bench press, but did show what he could do at the Hurricanes pro day last week.
Berrios is projected as a day three prospect, who could go in the fifth round, but it will likely be the sixth or the seventh round. And he definitely is benefiting from the previous successful careers of smaller receivers like Wes Welker, Julian Edleman, the Bucs Adam Humphries and new Dolphin Danny Amendola.
Now, just like the Hurricanes did a few years ago, Berrios needs a chance.
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