Pro Day Report: Miami Hurricanes

The University of Miami's NFL Draft hopefuls worked out in front of NFL team representatives on Friday. How did projected first-round safety Kenny Phillips do? Did DE Calais Campbell help his draft stock? And how about QB Kyle Wright and other Canes? Find out inside...

The Canes hosted their Pro Day on Friday in front of over 30 NFL scouts. Kenny Phillips, Calais Campbell, Tavares Gooden, Darnell Jenkins, Kyle Wright, Glenn Sharpe, Vegas Franklin, Teraz McCray, Andrew Bain, Derrick Morse, John Rochford, Grant Brown, Ross Abramson, Willie Cooper, and Lance Leggett all participated.

Safety Kenny Phillips only participated in defensive back drills, because Drew Rosenhaus thought it was better if he did not participate. He shined in defensive back drills and had a group of scouts praising him after the drills. He showed great lateral quickness and footwork throughout the drills.

Defensive end Calais Campbell looked sluggish in his speed drills, as he is sill adjusting to some added weight from the end of the season. He had a 29 ½ inch vertical, which was 5 inches improved from his Combine workout. He mentioned that teams were very impressed with his interviews and work ethic.

Miami quarterback Kyle Wright
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Quarterback Kyle Wright continued to shine in his postseason workouts, as he had another impressive display. Wright had great accuracy and touch on his throws throughout the day. He talked about how several teams have informed him that they will be attending his private workout in California . San Diego head coach Norv Turner, and Minnesota head coach Brad Chilldress praised him about his performance at the NFL Combine. He also ran in the 4.6 range in the 40 today, which was improved from his 4.8 at the Combine.

Linebacker Tavares Gooden was also very impressive today as he ran a 4.46 and a 4.50 in the 40 yard dash. He also had a 39 ½ inch vertical leap. Gooden is also nursing some injuries, which had slowed him down the last couple of days. He showed today how special of an athlete he is, and should be picked in the top three rounds.

Offensive lineman Derrick Morse had a solid day and has caught scouts' attention as a 7th rounder/undrafted free agent. He ran a 5.2 in the 40 today and had 24 reps in the bench press. He talked about just getting an opportunity to participate in a training camp. He also downplayed the importance of these kind of drills in evaluating football players.

Wide receiver Darnell Jenkins also did not so these drills as a good indication of football skills. He improved his 40 times to a 4.5 and 4..46 today and was solid in pass catching drills. He said scouts have been impressed with his toughness and game speed. He is a candidate to be selected in the 6th or 7th round.

Defensive end Vegas Franklin and cornerback Glenn Sharpe were two other Hurricanes that stood out. Sharpe ran a 4.6 in his first attempt at the 40, but bounced back with a 4.46. He showed great athleticism in drills, but he was hampered by a leg injury at times. The reality is his health concerns and going to affect his ability to get a legitimate opportunity. He has just not been able to stay healthy throughout his career.

Antrel Rolle, Tanard Davis, Jonathan Vilma, Lamar Thomas and several current Hurricanes were in attendance. Despite suffering through a 5-7 campaign last season, Miami continues to have the NFL's attention when it comes to prospects. The Canes should have four to five players selected in the draft and have several others invited to camps.

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