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Three Miami Hurricanes in Mobile for the Senior Bowl

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Jasen Vinolve)

Three Miami Hurricanes will be participating in Saturday’s Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl is a chance for many of the top seniors to showcase their skills in front of the top scouts for the NFL teams. Many of the players invited are expected to either be drafted or considered to be drafted.

The three Hurricanes players currently in Mobile is DE Chad Thomas, WR Braxton Berrios and PK Michael Badgley.

Ot of the three players going Chad Thomas is likely to be the highest draft pick. He’s been a defensive force for Miami since midway through his sophomore season. The 6’5 277 lb Miami native had an okay year for Miami in 2017.

Thomas had 41 tackles, tied for the team lead with 12.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks. The sack total was just one more than he had as a junior. Thomas did get quite a bit of double teams in 2017, which made it hard for him have a better sack total.

Braxton Berrios had quite the senior season, making him a legit slot WR prospect. Berrios led the team with 55 receptions for 679 yards. He also led the team in TD catches with 9. In addition to playing split end, Berrios also served as the team’s punt and returner.  He would average 15.9 yards per return.

Berrios clearly benefited with Malik Rosier at QB as he numbers are were much stronger from Jr. year to Sr. year. You can also tell he worked on his strength between seasons. Not sure where Berriors will land however you can expect Bill Belichick to take this prospect seriously as he fits that small quick angled type receivers that Belchick loves.

Berriors is only 5’8 177 pounds, but what he lacks in size he certainly has in heart. Also the solid play of players such as Danny Amendola certainly helps Berrios’ cause as he’s often compared to Amendola

Miami is also sending down PK Michael Badgley. Badgley was the only Miami player to make first team All-ACC this past season. Badgley ended his career with the Canes as the all time field goal kicker, surpassing Carlos Huerta with two field goals in Miami’s win over Notre Dame on November 11th, 2017.

The thing about the Senior Bowl isn’t all about the game itself. A lot of the looks come during practice as the players participate in various drills. Sometimes a strong senior bowl can elevate a player’s stock especially if it’s followed up by a strong combine.

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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