Analysis: UM Pro Day

Reps from 30 NFL teams watched several former Hurricanes run through a series of testing stations and position drills on Thursday in preparation for next month's draft. Mike Bakas breaks it down.

The Hurricanes are expected to have just two players drafted next month -- running back Mike James and cornerback Brandon McGee. Both players kept the majority of their testing numbers from the NFL Combine from last week. Interestingly, James went from 223 pounds last week to 217 this week. He likely felt that he was a bit too heavy last week.

Of the remaining 10 players who worked out from the 2012 roster, Vaughn Telemaque was the only non-kicker who finished the season as a starter. Aside from his 4.7/40 (which was always considered a weakness for him, even coming out of high school), his testing numbers were very solid. His declined level of play later in his career coupled with a slow 40 likely means he won't be drafted at all.

Former starting linebacker Ramon Buchanan worked out, and put up very strong numbers. He was considered an elite level athlete coming out of high school five years ago so his 4.55/40, 34-inch vert, and 10-8 broad jump should not be considered surprising. Those numbers are very good but his lack of size (6-1.5 and 215 pounds) along with his lack of production later in his career have him projected to be a free agent type of prospect.

Kendal Thompkins helped himself with a 4.37/40 time. Despite never being a starter or much of a contributor here, that time had to open some eyes and there's a good chance he'll be given a free agent contract by someone after the draft.

Two former starter-level graduates worked out on Thursday too -- running back Graig Cooper and outside linebacker Marcus Robinson.

Unfortunately, Cooper clocked a slow 40-time (4.72), which will hurt his chances of getting a contract this year. Robinson's lack of ideal height (under 6-1) hurts his chances -- especially considering his athletic numbers are pretty average.

Two former starters, who finished their careers at other schools, worked out as well -- safety Ray Ray Armstrong and wide receiver Thearon Collier.

Armstrong has an impressive blend of size (6-3, 216) and speed (4.65) and started for a few years at Miami. While he never lived up to the recruiting hype that made him get recruited by everyone in America, he will likely get a free agent contract somewhere.

Collier is a very good football player but he has three factors working against him -- he didn't finish out his college career here, he lacks ideal height (5-8.1) and he doesn't have good speed (4.67). It will be tough, even with outstanding receiver drills, for him to strike a deal somewhere.


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