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Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Weather cuts Miami Pro Day short; is rescheduled

Storm showers and lightning cut short the University of Miami's Pro Day Thursday, forcing the Hurricanes to reschedule the event for March 25 at 9 a.m. Eastern.

Miami is expected to allow any players to participate in the drills on March 25 that had not been completed prior to today's weather delay.

Several of Miami's players were able to begin their workouts before the school's lightning detection alarm went off for the second time. Running back Damien Berry was the early "winner" of the abbreviated workout, shaving nearly two-tenths of a second from the 4.6 times he ran in the 40-yard dash at the Combine to a 4.45 today.

Most of the Hurricanes' top stars -- including wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, defensive lineman Allen Bailey and linebacker Colin McCarthy -- had informed teams that they would not be working out in the measurable drills today, instead choosing to rest on their impressive Combine results. Each player was, however, expected to do the positional drills, which brought quite a contingent of scouts, coaches and front office executives, including some of the league's biggest names. Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Raheem Morris and Jack Del Rio were among the representatives of 29 teams listed by the school's official website as having been expected to attend Thursday's Pro Day.
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Early results from Miami Pro Day

Some of the early results are coming in from Miami's Pro Day. Here are the highlights:

Running back Damien Berry shaved nearly two-tenths of a second off of his Combine time in the 40-yard dash. Weighing in five pounds less today (206) than he did in Indianapolis, Berry was clocked in at 4.45 seconds, according to the Univerisity of Miami official website. He had been timed between 4.59 and 4.67 at the Combine.

Another Miami running back, Graig Cooper, ran a similar time (4.6) as what he ran at the Combine.

The early results for potential first round cornerback Brandon Harris weren't as positive yet. He attempted to improve upon his 35.5" vertical jump, but dropped to 34.5" today.

The early star of the show has been special teamer Cory Nelms, a reserve defensive back. Nelms may have at least landed himself a PFA grade by clocking in at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, completing 14 reps of 225 pounds and posting a 37" vertical jump. Nelms, 5-11, 191, played in 24 games for the Hurricanes, but finished his career with only 12 total tackles and one pass broken up.

Most of the 'Canes top prospects -- including WR Leonard Hankerson, DL Allen Bailey, LB Colin McCarthy and Combine-star CB DeMarcus Van Dyke are standing on the numbers they put up in Indianapolis.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Weekend Review -- Miami ILB Colin McCarthy

As I mentioned in my last post, my typical Saturday is spent scouting prospects via numerous television feeds. Last weekend, however, I scouted the Stanford-UW game and am just now catching up with the rest of the games and their prospects. 

Two senior prospects who didn't make the cut in this week's issue of Draft Slant deserve recognition for their strong performances in close conference losses.

I just wrote up Tennessee wideout Denarius Moore, who torched a talented South Carolina secondary for 228 yards and a touchdown.

Miami inside linebacker Colin McCarthy wasn't quite as statistically dominant, but has flashed whenever I've watched the Canes this season. With quarterback Jacory Harris going down to injury early, the Miami defense was put in the unenviable position of having to make big plays to remain in this contest. That fact made it a great opportunity to scout McCarthy and rest of this talented Miami defensive unit.

The University of Miami may not have the reputation of Ohio State or Penn State for producing NFL linebackers, but with seven of them drafted within the Top 100 since 2000, scouts certainly recognize the program's assembly line of talent at the position.

That fact assures that despite Miami's humbling 24-19 loss at the hands of Virginia, scouts were certain to note the stellar play of senior inside linebacker Colin McCarthy.

Wearing the same No. 44 that the legendary Dan Morgan played with while earning the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards (the first player to ever do so) in 2000, McCarthy did his best impression of the former Carolina Panther linebacker by racking up an eye-popping 18 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception against the Cavaliers.

On a day when little went right for the 'Canes, McCarthy was almost capable of willing a victory for the team. He was seemingly in on every tackle, scraping down the line of scrimmage to make tackles on the edge, hustling downfield to make tackles on receivers and showing good athleticism and instincts on his interception - his first of the season.
 
The 18 tackles are the most by a Miami defender this season.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:36 am
 

Dareus suspension mars spectacular Opening Day

Today should be remembered for what was a brilliant opening day of the D-IA college football season.

National title contenders Ohio State and Miami looked every bit the part in dismantling weak opponents (Marshall, Florida Atlantic) on their way to next weekend's showdown in Columbus.

Mountain West Conference power Utah successfully protected their home turf for an eye-popping 18th consecutive game in upsetting No. 15 Pittsburgh.

And by putting up 41 points in their home opener, one can't help but wonder if this finally is the year that the Ol Ball Coach's South Carolina Gamecocks take the next step offensively.

There were so many reasons to be optimistic about the college football season.

And instead, Tuesday evening news broke that Alabama defensive Marcell Dareus, a potential All-American and first round prospect, was suspended for the first two games of the year. Dareus follows UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin as the latest casualty of the NCAA's investigation into players receiving innapropriate benefits from agents. He's arguably the best player on the best team in the country.

Forgive me for being pessimistic this evening of what should be the most optimistic day of the year.

But, after what has been a tumultuous offseason for college football, it would have been nice to enjoy it with the big news being the action on the field.

 
Posted on: August 21, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Best to temper expectations for Herzlich/Cooper

The advances in medicine, technology and rehabilitation of athletes has grown exponentially over the past ten years. So much so, that it is often easy to expect too much too soon of athletes recovering from severe injury.

I'm as guilty of it as anyone. I placed Boston College outside linebacker Mark Herzlich in my initial 2011 first round mock draft * before he'd taken a single snap following his successful recovery from Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Herzlich and Miami running back Graig Cooper -- who is attempting to play this season despite suffering a torn ACL in his right knee only six months ago in the Champs Sports Bowl -- are inspirational stories. Their dedication and spectacular talent make them two of the easiest players in the country to root for.

Herzlich, as has been widely reported , is already struggling in his return to the field. It isn't the cancer -- he recently underwent tests to confirm the cancer is gone and passed -- but a fractured right foot that is now the problem. It had been incorrectly reported elsewhere that Herzlich's broken foot was somehow connected to the cancer that had been discovered in his left leg. That isn't the case his mother, Sandy, told Steve Conroy of BostonHerald.com. 

Conroy quotes Herzlich's mother as saying, "The two (the cancer and the broken foot) are completely unrelated."

Still, the broken foot has kept Herzlich off the field. He hopes to return to the practice field the week before Boston College opens their season against Weber State September 4. The Eagles coaches will no doubt be anxious to reward Herzlich for his dedication with early playing time, but it simply isn't realistic to think he is going to step onto the field and immediately revert back to the form that helped him capture the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Similarly, it isn't fair to assume that Miami's Cooper will have the same speed and agility this year that he'd shown throughout his impressive career with the Hurricanes. While Cooper has remained adament that he plans to play in every game this season, Miami coaches are still easing him into practice. Cooper, according to reports , has seen time on the practice field, but is limited to drills and has not participated in any true scrimmaging.

Prior to their injuries, these two ACC stars would have ranked among NFLDraftScout.com's top 32 seniors for the 2011 draft. Perhaps they'll prove - with time - worthy of that grade again.

But for now, let's simply acknowledge the spectacular recovery each has already shown and be sure that our expectations for their play in 2010 is realistic.

* One editor's note on my initial 2011 mock draft linked to above. While the date on the article says July 12, in actuality I wrote this within 48 hours of the conclusion of the 2010 draft. With significantly more scouting completed since that time, there are plenty of updates that will soon be made.
Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:09 pm
 

Some notes after reviewing the ACC

Fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I have been busy the past month reviewing film of the 2010 senior prospects. Chad, as always, is ahead of me and has been steadily producing finished player profiles already in preparation for our 2010 NFL Draft Preview.

I've completed scouting reports for approximately 50 prospects; most of them coming from the SEC, ACC and Pac-10 Conferences.

I've been working on these reports while tracking the NCAA's sudden focus on agent-related benefits potentially being given to NCAA players. I recognize that the story is a huge one, but quite frankly, I wanted to finally present a blog post about actual football, and not just more off-field concerns.

Thus, here are some of my general thoughts based after film review of some of the ACC's biggest names amongst senior prospects.

  • North Carolina, as I've mentioned in previous articles and blog posts, is ridiculously athletic. It is easy to get caught up with DT Marvin Austin or OLB Bruce Carter's athleticism, but the steady play of CB Kendric Burney and OLB Quan Sturdivant jumps off film, as well. I was a little disappointed, honestly, in free safety Deunta Williams... He may be a ballhawk, but the impressive UNC defense hides the fact that he plays a pretty finesse-brand of football...
  • How does Clemson lose C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford and look just as athletic on film? This year though the eye-popping talent is on the defensive side of the ball. DT Jarvis Jenkins really flashes on tape, as does cornerback Marcus Gilchrist. All-American DeAndre McDaniel may have enjoyed as good a first half of football as I've seen a safety have in some time against Kentucky in the Music Bowl...
  • Forget the theory that because Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling is 6-2 he can't play cornerback in the NFL. Dowling is impressive on film; reminiscient of former Utah Ute and current Miami Dolphin Sean Smith...
  • Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey is one of the more fascinating stories in all of college football. The Canes' next first round defender was born and raised in a tiny village (approx. 80 people) called Hogs Hammock on Sapelo Island, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Georgia. He'll be wined and dined by agents and, later, NFL teams as they decide where he fits best in their scheme, but that may not be the best way to get to know this player. The residents of Hogs Hammock fish, hunt and gather shellfish for their meals and are appropriately proud to do so. So much so that once he and his family served a college recruitor a tasty dish... of raccoon .
  • Much has been made of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich's amazing recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma -- as it should. The fact that he's recovery is glorious in itself... but, boy, can this kid play the game too. Here's hoping that Herzlich, North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving (who missed the 2009 season after a nearly-fatal car accident) and Miami running back Graig Cooper (who tore up his knee in the Champs Sports Bowl) are able to come back and thrill us again this season.

I'll post my thoughts on the SEC and Pac-10 in the coming days.

Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:09 pm
 

Some notes after reviewing the ACC

Fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I have been busy the past month reviewing film of the 2010 senior prospects. Chad, as always, is ahead of me and has been steadily producing finished player profiles already in preparation for our 2010 NFL Draft Preview.

I've completed scouting reports for approximately 50 prospects; most of them coming from the SEC, ACC and Pac-10 Conferences.

I've been working on these reports while tracking the NCAA's sudden focus on agent-related benefits potentially being given to NCAA players. I recognize that the story is a huge one, but quite frankly, I wanted to finally present a blog post about actual football, and not just more off-field concerns.

Thus, here are some of my general thoughts based after film review of some of the ACC's biggest names amongst senior prospects.

  • North Carolina, as I've mentioned in previous articles and blog posts, is ridiculously athletic. It is easy to get caught up with DT Marvin Austin or OLB Bruce Carter's athleticism, but the steady play of CB Kendric Burney and OLB Quan Sturdivant jumps off film, as well. I was a little disappointed, honestly, in free safety Deunta Williams... He may be a ballhawk, but the impressive UNC defense hides the fact that he plays a pretty finesse-brand of football...
  • How does Clemson lose C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford and look just as athletic on film? This year though the eye-popping talent is on the defensive side of the ball. DT Jarvis Jenkins really flashes on tape, as does cornerback Marcus Gilchrist. All-American DeAndre McDaniel may have enjoyed as good a first half of football as I've seen a safety have in some time against Kentucky in the Music Bowl...
  • Forget the theory that because Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling is 6-2 he can't play cornerback in the NFL. Dowling is impressive on film; reminiscient of former Utah Ute and current Miami Dolphin Sean Smith...
  • Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey is one of the more fascinating stories in all of college football. The Canes' next first round defender was born and raised in a tiny village (approx. 80 people) called Hogs Hammock on Sapelo Island, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Georgia. He'll be wined and dined by agents and, later, NFL teams as they decide where he fits best in their scheme, but that may not be the best way to get to know this player. The residents of Hogs Hammock fish, hunt and gather shellfish for their meals and are appropriately proud to do so. So much so that once he and his family served a college recruitor a tasty dish... of raccoon .
  • Much has been made of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich's amazing recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma -- as it should. The fact that he's recovery is glorious in itself... but, boy, can this kid play the game too. Here's hoping that Herzlich, North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving (who missed the 2009 season after a nearly-fatal car accident) and Miami running back Graig Cooper (who tore up his knee in the Champs Sports Bowl) are able to come back and thrill us again this season.

I'll post my thoughts on the SEC and Pac-10 in the coming days.

Posted on: March 22, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Miami CB Shields arrested

Miami cornerback Sam Shields, a potential late round pick in next month's draft, significantly hurt his chances of being so after getting arrested last Thursday night and charged with a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.

Shields, 5-11, 183 pounds, was once a highly touted wide receiver prospect. He actually played receiver throughout much of his career, starting a combined 12 games over the 2006-07 seasons. He only caught 11 passes for 124 yards in 2008, however, seeing most of his playing time on special teams. He was voted Miami's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008.

Shields made the move to cornerback as a senior, playing in 12 games and ranking among the secondary's most productive players with 43 tackles and 2 passes broken up.

With decent size and reported 4.4 speed, Shields flashed the talent to pique scouts' interest, though he only had one year at cornerback. He helped himself with a solid showing at the Texas vs. Nation game and though he was not invited to the Combine, was viewed as a player who could hear his name called late on the draft's third day.

Shields' arrest, however, likely ends his chances at getting drafted. Based on the penalty handed down at his arraignment April 6, teams may now not even be willing to invite him to camp as an undrafted free agent.
 
 
 
 
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