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Breaking down Miami Hurricanes taken in 2018 NFL Draft

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

Now that we have had a few days to digest the draft, let’s take a look at breaking down the Miami Hurricanes taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.

DE Chad Thomas was the first Hurricane taken this year. The Cleveland Browns picked Thomas with the 67th pick. Thomas is a very talented person both on and off the field. The Browns add depth to their pass rush and Thomas will likely make an impact right away. If he had a better statistical season in 2017, he would have probably been a second round pick. Off the field, Thomas is also a pro as a music producer, mostly in the hip-hop genre, where he’s produced tracks for Rick Ross.

The New York Jets took TE Chris Herndon IV in the 4th round with the 107th pick. Wow what a choice by the Jets who haven’t had a solid TE in quite some time, The only reason why Herndon dropped to the fourth round was because of a season ending injury in the last game of the regular season. He missed the Senior Bowl but was able to recover in time to show scouts his skill set. Herndon should be full speed by training camp and that’s great for the Jets. Herndon is going to help the Jets right away provided he stays healthy. It’s never a bad idea drafting a Miami Hurricane TE.

RB Mark Walton was selected in the fourth round with the 112th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. Walton like Herndon was another player who’s stock took a hit because of injury. Walton is going to be a solid pro RB if he can remain healthy. He’s going to help the Bengals offense right away both as a spot RB and as a receiver, because he’s dual threat. Solid value pick for the Bengals.

DT RJ McIntosh got picked up by the New York Giants in the fifth round with the 139th selection. Not exactly where in the draft McIntosh wanted to go after skipping his final year of eligibility, but he does go to a team where he will compete for playing time right away. Doesn’t hurt being a rookie and playing alongside Snacks Harrison.

In the last surprising part of the draft WR Braxton Berrios was taken in the sixth round with the 210th pick by the New England Patriots. This could have been seen back when Miami beat FSU earlier in the season that he was going to be a Patriot. It was just a matter of whether he would be a free agent or be drafted. Well surprise! He’s going to New England, and oh yes he’s going to do just fine.

The final Miami player taken in the draft was DT Kendrick Norton in the seventh round by the Carolina Panthers. Norton probably should have stayed one more year to help his stock, but that doesn’t mean this was a crucial mistake. He does have the size and talent to compete with at this level. Now he’s going to have to have a very solid training camp and pre season to earn his spot. At this point the hope is the fact he just got drafted, should be motivation enough for Norton.

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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