Canes: 2011 NFL Draft Preview

Miami's last couple NFL draft classes were a little behind by Cane standards. Led by defensive end Allen Bailey, next year's group should be the school's best in a few years. Read on for an early preview.

Allen Bailey -- Widely considered Miami's best player in 2009, Bailey looks to build on his performance in 2010. A former five-star prospect coming out of high school, Bailey has a tremendous NFL skillset. He will enter 2010 as one of the nation's premier defensive line prospects and wil garner a lot of first round talk if he continues his progress.

Damien Berry -- Considered the team's best running back at the end of the 2009 season, Berry is a former safety recruit who has made a successful transition to running back. As talented as he is, Berry still has limited production (616 career yards and just five receptions), had major knee surgery earlier in his career, and may end up sharing the starting job as a senior. He's on NFL radars now and a big year could put him on the first day boards.

Matt Bosher -- One of the top two-way kicking prospects in the entire country, Bosher has a strong leg and has a history of success. Kickers rarely get drafted, however, and Bosher will need a huge year to be considered a major NFL prospect.

Graig Cooper -- A former five-star recruit coming out of prep school, Cooper's had a decent career but just has never taken off like many expected. He has a nice size/speed combo and his versatility will help him as a prospect. He catches well out of the backfield and can be a threat in the return game. His limited production between the tackles and knee surgery after the bowl game will be the key questions he'll have to address in 2010 before moving up the draft boards.

Joel Figueroa -- A part-time starter over the last couple seasons, Figs will need a huge year to become a late round possibility.

Orlando Franklin -- Miami's top offensive line prospect, Franklin was very good inside and will get a chance to showcase himself as a tackle in 2010. He's likely going to be a guard at the next level and is probably a mid-round type prospect heading into his senior season.

Richard Gordon -- A career backup, Gordon will need a huge senior season to become a late round possibility.

Leonard Hankerson -- After catching just 17 passes in his first two seasons, Hank became a go-to receiver in 2009. If he's able to put up similar numbers in 2010 and show that he can be a legit number one receiver, his stock will continue to climb. He has the size. He's had drop issues in the past and his speed will be under close evaluation but Hankerson will enter the season as a first day type of prospect.

Pat Hill -- A solid college blocker, Hill lacks ideal height for an NFL fullback but will have a chance to impress scouts in 2010.

Ryan Hill -- A career backup, Hill has some versatility and he's a great athlete. Those things will keep his name in the mix for late round consideration with a big season.

Josh Holmes -- A solid part-time starter, Holmes lacks ideal size for an NFL defensive tackle but will have a chance to showcase his skills this coming season.

Colin McCarthy -- After a decent 2007 and injury-filled 2008, McCarthy emerged as one of the team's top defenders in 2009. He has the ability to play all three linebacker spots and should benefit tremendously by having Micheal Barrow coaching him again in 2010. He's probably a late-round prospect heading into the season, just like Tavares Gooden was two years ago before he emerged as a third round selection.

Kylan Robinson -- A career backup, Robinson will need a huge season to garner NFL consideration. If the spring was any indication, he could be on the right track.

Demarcus Van Dyke -- He has the height and speed the NFL looks for but he's been inconsistent throughout his career and will need a huge senior season to really emerge as a major NFL prospect.

Steven Wesley -- A part-time starter, Wesley is a bit undersized and has just three career sacks. He'll need to have a monster senior season to emerge as a major NFL prospect.

JUNIOR ALERT:
Brandon Harris started as a true freshman in 2008 and then became one of the nation's premier corners in 2009. If he continues to progress and has a big 2010, he could emerge as a top notch NFL prospect. At this point, he's Miami's top junior prospect.


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