UM Football Blog: NFL Combine

Nine former Hurricanes spent the last few days at the annual NFL scouting combine. Lets take a closer look at how the Canes did.

Running back Damien Berry (5-10.2/211) checked in with solid size and decent speed (4.63). Although he ran for 1,000 yards at Glades Central High, Berry came to Miami as a safety and spent his first few seasons there. He didn't get a whole lot of action at running back until midway through last season. He has a solid build and the toughness to get good yards inside, above average speed, and didn't have a whole lot of production in the passing game. He doesn't have a whole lot of wear and tear, though, and is considered a mid-round prospect.

Graig Cooper (5-10/205) didn't run as well as many expected him to. His 4.65/40 time was slightly slower than Berry's and a bit below average for the running back group. A former Prep School All-American, Cooper was Miami's leading rusher from 2007-2009 but tore his ACL against Wisconsin at the end of the 09 season and never returned to the same form. He lost carries to Lamar Miller and Storm Johnson this past season and made a minimal impact. Cooper did, however, have solid production numbers in college. It will help him that he can also return kicks and punts and be a solid pass-catcher from the backfield. He's a bubble draft guy at this point.

Leonard Hankerson (6-1.4/209) needed to run well and he did with a 4.43/40 time. One of the nation's most steady receivers over the last two seasons, Hankerson didn't make enough plays downfield for people to question whether or not he was going to be a possession receiver at the next level. He answered that question in a big way with his 40-time at the combine. Hankerson went into the combine considered a mid 2nd rounder but he certainly helped himself a lot here. The next several weeks will be very important for Hankerson and his draft status but he's starting to make his way into first round discussions.

Orlando Franklin (6-5.4/316) ran a 5.20 and benched 225 26 times. Those are solid numbers for the big guy who started all four years as a Hurricane. He played most of his career at guard, with a little experience at the end of his junior season and all of his senior year at tackle. He's not spectacular in any one area but was a rock solid player here and has solid athleticism to be considered a solid OG prospect. He's projected to go in the early to middle rounds.

Allen Bailey (6-3/285) ran a 4.77, benched 225 pounds 27 times, had a 36.5 vertical jump, and broad-jumped 9-9. Those are excellent numbers for Bailey, who was always considered a top notch athlete. The former five-star recruit came to Miami as a linebacker but moved to the defensive line early in his career. He bounced between end and tackle and played under two different defensive line coaches at UM. Is he athletic enough to play end in a 4-3? Is he big enough to play tackle? Those are some questions. A concern is that his production numbers never seemed to match his talent level. He showed flashes but never really took over games like many former UM defensive linemen have in the past. He's a very good pro prospect but is probably a late 2nd to early 3rd type of guy right now.

Colin McCarthy (6-1.3/238) ran a 4.65, benched 23 times, had a 36.5 vert, and broad jumped 9-11. Those are good numbers for someone who was always considered a solid athlete. He had solid production numbers at Miami. He understands the game well and has played all three linebacker spots. He can also be a guy who makes an early impact on special teams. Those are some of the reasons why he's considered a good pro prospect. The biggest concern is probably his injury history. That'll be watched and analyzed closely in the coming weeks but he's probably a solid third round prospect right now.

Brandon Harris (5-9.5/191) checked in at almost 5-foot-10 and ran a 4.51. Whenever a corner is under 5-10 and is hoping to be a first rounder, he better have a blazing fast 40-time. Harris didn't. However, he plays fast because he has such great instincts and understands the game so well. He's always been that way, going back to his days at Booker T. Washington when he was catching touchdowns and picking off passes. He was a three-year starter at Miami and kept getting better, although he really struggled in his finale against Notre Dame. Harris left as a fringe first round prospect and what he does in the coming weeks will determine whether he can make the late push into that top round.

Demarcus Van Dyke (6-0.6/176) ran the fastest 40-time at the event (4.28). His speed was never in question. He was a track star at Miami Pace High and was a track star at Miami. Being almost 6-1 with that type of speed, you're going to get a lot of attention. He has ball skills, too, going back to his high school days as a top flight wide receiver. Athletically, he's what you want. The near 6-1 is what you want. DVD is not a physical player, though, and that could really get exposed at the pro level. He has a lot of the tools you look for and now will need to prove he can bang around at the next level with much bigger and more physical receivers. He's a mid-round type of guy right now.

Matt Bosher was also at the combine. One of the conference's more consistent kickers over his four years at Miami, Bosher did it all. He kicked off, punted, and kicked field goals for the Canes and will be missed in 2011. He has the leg to make it at the next level and will probably be a free agent guy to start out with.

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