2016 NFL Draft: Miami Hurricanes UDFA tracker

The Hurricanes’ senior class of 2015 produced two draft picks — first-rounder Artie Burns and fourth-rounder Deon Bush — and a host of undrafted free agents who will get their shot to make an NFL roster in rookie camp.

Hurricanes cornerback Tracy Howard after an Aug. 2014 practice. (instagram.com/mattyports)
Hurricanes cornerback Tracy Howard after an Aug. 2014 practice. (instagram.com/mattyports)

Shortly after the draft ended, cornerback Tracy Howard said via text message he was heading to the Cleveland Browns. Howard (5-11, 183) was a five-star signee in 2012 who didn’t have a standout college career; once rated as the No. 1 cornerback recruit in high school, he finished with five career interceptions. Howard looked significantly faster and smoother in his Pro Day workout, however, so that bodes well for him. He’ll reunite with Duke Johnson in Cleveland.

Ufomba Kamalu has an opportunity with the Houston Texans, and fellow defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou is heading to the Denver Broncos. Both of those transactions were reported by Jacksonville beat writer Mike Kaye.

RELATED: A list of Hurricanes players on NFL rosters (updated pre-draft)

Wide receiver Herb Waters said via text message he is heading to the Green Bay Packers. In camp, he will likely practice against former Hurricanes quarterbacks Sam Shields and Ladarius Gunter and may catch passes from ex-UM quarterback Ryan Williams. 

The agent for linebacker Tyriq McCord said in a text McCord will join the Pittsburgh Steelers (where Burns became a first-round draft pick on Thursday and ex-teammate Anthony Chickillo is in his second year). The National Football Post reported McCord earned a $7,000 signing bonus.

Wide receiver Rashawn Scott will stay local, signing with the Miami Dolphins. Scott is from Melbourne.

Remaining Miami undrafted free agents include linebacker Raphael Kirby and running back Dallas Crawford. 

Miami’s total of two draftees ties 2013, 1998, 1996 and 1994 as the second-lowest total in UM’s NCAA-best 42-year streak of producing at least one pick. UM sent one player to the draft in 2009 and 1980.

Former Hurricanes receiver Allen Hurns, now one of the top young pass-catchers in the league, had a post-draft message for all his fellow non-draftees:


Speaking after he attended UM’s Pro Day, Hurns said he was proud to be an example to those who didn’t hear their names called on the big stage.

“It feels good, just being able to be in this position to motivate those guys,” he said. “It’s very humbling. The main thing I tell them is to stay patient and always keep your faith up. Things may happen and you may get frustrated, but things are going to turn out. Always have that faith that things are going to get better. No matter the situation, never let anybody limit you.

“As far as me, my situation itself I think speaks volumes to those guys. I went undrafted. I started making plays from day 1. They see the work that I put in and keeping that faith that I can play this game and nobody can tell me any different.”

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