A Look Ahead: 2014 Draft

The 2013 NFL Draft is now in the books. Looking ahead to next year's class, the Hurricanes have four players on the radar already. Lets take a closer look.

Brandon McGee and Mike James were the only two players drafted from Miami's 2012 team. You will likely be able to add four more players to that list this time next year.

Seantrel Henderson (6-8/330) is the top prospect of the group heading into the season. The former five-star recruit from Minnesota has a lot of the physical tools you look for in an offensive tackle prospect. His skill set is not the question here. It's his work ethic and consistency that is likely already being analyzed. All signs point to Henderson being totally focused right now on having a strong senior season. If he's able to put it all together on the field in 2013, his draft status could sky rocket. He's probably a second or third round target right now but he certainly has the physical tools to make a run at being considered a first round pick by the end of the 2013 season.

Brandon Linder (6-5/315) is another former five-star recruit on Miami's offensive line. It didn't take Linder to get involved. He became part of the rotation as a true freshman and has been a full-time starter the last two seasons. With the experience and ability to play all three line positions, Linder offers a tremendous amount of versatility. He also has a great list of intangibles that will really help his stock -- football IQ, work ethic, etc. He's been a solid performer for the Hurricanes up until now, and will look to take his game to an elite level in 2013. He's definitely a draft prospect already, and with a strong senior season could move into the top couple rounds.

Stephen Morris (6-2/210) came to Miami as a three-star quarterback recruit from nearby Pace High in Miami. After playing some for an injured Jacory Harris as a freshman and being primarily a backup as a sophomore, Morris really elevated his game when he became a full-time starter as a junior last season. He has plus athleticism, a big time arm that enables him to make all the throws, and he seems poised to have a banner senior season. His lack of ideal height may hurt him some but his mobility, and his ability to throw on the run will help negate that. Morris, who has now worked under three offensive coordinators in his four years at Miami, is probably on the back end of the quarterback draft class heading into the season. If he's able to improve on his 2012 numbers under a different coordinator, his stock could really elevate. He has good knowledge of the position. He's tough. He's a leader. The intangibles are there. And his arm strength, athleticism, and production numbers could put him into the middle rounds -- if not higher -- for next April's draft.

Curtis Porter (6-2/310) is another player whose inconsistent play has really hurt his development as a player. A lot of that inconsistency stems from a series of injuries he's dealt with over the last few seasons. A former four-star recruit from the state of North Carolina, Porter has the ability to play the nose in a 3-4 defense, so he offers some versatility. His size, strength, and explosiveness will have him on some draft radars heading into the season. He's never been able to stay healthy for a full season. If he does, and Olsen Pierre has the type of season the coaches expect him to have, Porter could have a strong enough senior season to become a legitimate NFL prospect. He is a low-round target for right now because of the physical tools he brings to the table but, like Henderson, his stock could go way up with a strong senior season.

While the Hurricanes likely won't have an underclassman seriously looked at for next season, the best prospect of the bunch appears to be junior defensive tackle Olsen Pierre. A lightly recruited player from the Philly area, Pierre has the size, strength, and athletic ability to become a real difference maker for the Hurricanes this season. He was solid last season. The coaches have been talking about him this spring as if he could be really good in 2013. He'll likely open some NFL eyes but could become an elite level prospect as a senior in 2014.


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