Tag:Miami Hurricanes
Posted on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm
 

OT Williams deserves a writeup alright...

Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams will be sliding down draft boards after tonight's performance against the Hurricanes. He's struggled - at times mightily - with the Canes' speedy pass rushers and hasn't been the consistently dominating run blocker his size and hype would suggest. Too often, in fact, Miami defenders have been able to absorb his initial hand punch and disengage.

Williams appears heavier and slower this year than last. Considering that he is making the transition from right tackle to left, if he had planned to alter his conditioning or size for this year, it should have been to get lighter and focus on his footwork. He earned a second round grade last year from the Advisory Committee...

In my last post I mentioned that Williams would be among the prospects I'd be considering for Player of the Week honors.

I can assure you Williams will be among the prospects I write up in Draft Slant, but he's struggled tonight. Quite frankly, Miami offensive left tackle Jason Fox has been the more impressive NFL prospect thus far on this night...

Posted on: September 26, 2009 5:38 pm
 

Pac-10, ACC showdowns blowouts instead at half

The Virginia Tech-Miami and Oregon-Cal showdowns had been thought to be two of the best matchups of the weekend, but at this point the Hokies and Ducks have been dominant over their higher ranked opponents.

Oregon leads #6 Cal 25-3 at the half. The score is just as one-sided on the other side of the country with #11 ranked Virginia Tech leading #9 Miami 21-0.

In both cases, the home defenses have imposed their will over the visitors. The two Heisman contenders from these contests -- Cal RB Jahvid Best and Miami QB Jacory Harris -- have each been held in check. Best rushed for 55 yards over the first half, but did so on 15 attempts. Harris has been under constant pressure from the aggressive Hokie defense and is battling the elements, as well, as the driving rain pelting much of the east coast and south hasn't made an exception for Blacksburg. Harris finished the half only completing 2 of 10 passes for 48 yards. The zip and accuracy he had shown in previous contests hasn't been there thus far for Harris. He's been short and wide on numerous throws, as the combination of weather and the VT pass rush is clearly bothering him.

Barring impressive comebacks, the top 10 is going to see another significant upheaval this weekend. 

Posted on: September 17, 2009 2:17 pm
 

Junior DE Derrick Morgan the one to watch tonight

It used to be that any time the Miami Hurricanes took the field, NFL scouts flocked to their sideline. Rebuilding over the past few seasons, however, has made it so that most scouts have been paying more attention to their opponents rather than those hailing from The U.

Tonight's game between Georgia Tech and Miami is no different as the three elite talents to watch are Yellow Jacket juniors Derrick Morgan (DE), Jonathan Dwyer (RB) and Morgan Burnett (FS).

Though the running back Dwyer gets much of the attention, Georgia Tech's consistently in churning out highly rated defensive linemen and Morgan's early season success has him flying up draft boards. Morgan, who has 5 sacks over his first two games, was especially dominant last week in a nationally televised game against Clemson. Morgan had a game-high 10 tackles, a personal-best four tackles for loss (13 yards), and three sacks (nine yards). I've spoken to NFL scouts who believe that when it is all said and done, Morgan could leap ahead of SEC stars Greg Hardy (Ole Miss) and fellow junior Carlos Dunlap (Florida) to be the highest rated DE potentially available for the 2010 NFL Draft.

While the Yellow Jackets have the better draft-eligible talent, Miami has some intriguing seniors to keep an eye on. Left tackle Jason Fox has been rising up the board recently for his play. He won't be matched up often against Morgan due to the fact that Morgan typically lines up at left defensive end (against the right tackle), but his athleticism is worth watching -- especially on the few occasions they are pitted against each other.

Inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton, a potential riser in a relatively weak class at inside linebacker (at least after Florida's Brandon Spikes) will have to be especially cognizant on his reads against the Yellow Jackets' unique triple option offense.

 
Posted on: September 7, 2009 12:41 pm
 

Two Labor Day games with NFL talent

For those needing a fix of football on Labor Day, there are two games today in which the NFL scouts certainly will be paying attention.

Cincinnati visits Rutgers in a Big East battle at 4pm (EST). Miami visits Florida State in an ACC clash at 8 pm (EST). Both games will be televised by ESPN.

While the Miami/Florida State contest is certain to get more hype, the Cincinnati/Rutgers contest offers just as much, if not more for scouts to watch. Certainly the most intriguing one on one battle should come from this contest as Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard (6-0, 187, #1), NFLDraftScout.com's #2 rated senior wideout is expected to be shadowed by Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty (5-11, 190, #21).

The more impressive of the two will make this week's issue of Draft Slant, NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF that highlights ten of the more intriguing NFL prospects from the previous week's action, as well as much more.

For more information about Draft Slant, follow the link below.

http://www.myfootballnews.com/site/
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