NFL Draft '07: Scouting Miami-Fl

After a disappointing season when they were trounced in the Peach Bowl at the hands of LSU, the Hurricanes made major changes to the coaching staff in the off-season. A program known for putting multiple players into the first round had just a single prospect selected during the initial thirty two choices last April. That situation is unlikely to improve in 2007.

As usual the Hurricanes strength is at quarterback and the skill positions.  Junior Kyle Wright is a nice sized pocket passer with a live arm.  Throwing with excellent fundamentals Wright makes all the throws.  He must improve his accuracy yet possesses the physical skills to be an early draft choice in two years.  Running back Tyrone Moss was on a tear last season before a knee injury ended his campaign after eight games.  A strong ball carrier, Moss consistently breaks tackles and displays good running back instincts.  Best on the inside, Moss has top sixty potential should he return to prior form as a senior then pass pre-draft medical exams.  Senior receiver Ryan Moore has great size for a wide out and occasionally presents himself as a dominant pass catcher.  Displaying coordination and body control, Moore physically beats down receivers to make the difficult reception.  A streaky player who disappears for long periods, Moore decided against leaving for the NFL last April after learning the UM coaches would not provide NFL teams with ringing endorsements about his character.  Possessing all the skills to the first day pick, Moore could impact next year's draft if he pulls together a consistent senior campaign.  Greg Olsen looks like the next top-rated tight end from Coral Gables.  A terrific athlete, Olsen quickly releases off the line into routes and shows the ability to sneak it downfield.  Still raw, Olsen is a marginal blocker and lacks consistency catching the ball.  He offers good upside and will be a high pick if he takes his game to another level the next two years. 

The Hurricanes offer several talented prospects on the defensive line.  Baraka Atkins is an athletic prospect who can be used at tackle or as a two-gap end.  Covering a good amount area on the field Atkins pursues to the action laterally and has a solid burst of speed.  He could break into next year's first round.  Kareem Brown is an explosive interior lineman with great first step quickness.  Bull rushing opponents up the field, Brown displays power and consistently plays with leverage.  Already possessing first day potential, Brown could make a big move up draft boards with a big campaign.  Bryan Pata is similar to many pass rushing specialists from Miami; quick, explosive and undersized.  A solid athlete Pata makes plays in every direction of the field yet must add bulk and improve his strength to become a complete player at his position.  Safety Brandon Meriweather is a willing run defender who also displays excellent cover skills.  Effective in zone, Meriweather offers solid defensive back fundamentals yet lacks the size and strength to be a true safety.  Finally senior punter Brian Monroe is a big legged prospect who also kicks-off for Miami.  With the ability to flip the field, Monroe punts his team out of jams and gets great hang time.  He will be a solid middle round pick.

Hurricane Prospect List

Name Pos Year #
Baraka Atkins DT 5Sr 98
Kareem Brown DT 5Sr 99
Brandon Meriweather S 5Sr 19
Brian Monroe P 4Sr 15
Ryan Moore WR 5Sr 85
Tyrone Moss RB 4Sr 30
Greg Olsen TE 4Jr 82
Bryan Pata DE 4Sr 95
Kyle Wright QB 4Jr 3

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