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Nine Miami Hurricanes invited to NFL Draft Combine

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Steve Mitchell)

The 2018 NFL Draft combine is right around the corner and for this year they have invited nine Miami Hurricanes to Indianapolis. Miami isn’t expected at this point to have any first round picks at least it’s not likely but most of the people attending the combine will be getting some good looks and have a shot at being drafted.

Here’s the list of players:

RB Mark Walton

TE Chris Herndon

WR Braxton Berrios

DT R.J. McIntosh

DT Kendrick Norton

DE Chad Thomas

CB Dee Delaney

G   Kc Mcdermott

K Michael Badgley 

For Walton and Herndon the combine is going to be very important as both sustained season ending injuries so both will have to prove they are able to bounce back. We will see what drills these two participate in and which ones if any they will sit out.

For McIntosh and Norton they also have to show scouts they are physically ready for the NFL. The duo decided to leave school early for the NFL Draft and they will have to impress to get their stocks up. From what we’re hearing these two will likely be drafted by the third day.

CB Dee Delaney is another interesting case. His stock was probably a little better than it was right when he left the Citadel. Delaney ended up having a pretty solid year, but you could tell the speed of the game at this level took some game action for Delaney to adjust.

Chads Thomas could end up being one of the steals in the draft. His production wasn’t overly impressive, but he has the size and speed to compete in the NFL. Plus one stat that isn’t recorded is how blatantly offensive linemen were holding Thomas. Miami must have led the nation in drawing the fewest holding penalties. You can probably count about five possible sacks he could have added to his season total if he wasn’t so blatantly held. A strong combine will certainly help Thomas. Worst case scenario he can always fall back on a music career as his production skills are apparently professional grade.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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