Nine former Hurricanes are in Indianapolis being tested and tried by NFL teams looking for talent.
Tight end David Njoku, quarterback Brad Kaaya, cornerback Corn Elder, wide receiver Stacy Coley, offensive lineman Danny Isidora, safeties Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter, punter Justin Vogel and defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad will represent Miami at the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs until Monday.
They’ll also try to beat some of these guys listed below.
The following are the top Hurricanes performers in every combine event, according to results posted on NFL.com (2006-16) and NFLCombineResults.com, which dates to 1999. The latter website, which says it gathers and cross-checks data from NFL.com and major media outlets, has results for 96 Hurricanes players in the last 18 years. We also used Pro Football Reference.
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40-yard dash: Demarcus Van Dyke
The cornerback blazed down the track in 4.28 seconds in 2011, tied for the fourth-best time of any combine participant and four-tenths of a second slower than the record 4.24 posted by East Carolina running back Chris Johnson. Van Dyke’s time is the fastest by a defensive back in combine history.
This year, Njoku will try to run down these former Miami tight ends:
Greg Olsen: 4.51 in 2007 at 6-6, 254
Jimmy Graham: 4.53 in 2010 at 6-6, 260
Kellen Winslow: 4.55 in 2004 at 6-4, 251
Jeremy Shockey: 4.64 in 2002 at 6-5, 255
Njoku measured 6-4, 246 this week.
Bench press: Ereck Flowers
The left tackle earned some first-round money at the 2015 combine, putting up 37 reps (of the standard 225 pounds) on the bench press. That’s tied for 28th all-time. It’s also one better than Vince Wilfork put up in 2004. Flowers was taken ninth overall by the New York Giants.
Isidora is trying to hit the 30-mark, which has been reached by eight Hurricanes, and four offensive linemen including Flowers. Martin Bibla (35 in 2002), Vernon Carey (30 in 2004) and Brandon Linder (30 in 2014) are the others.
Vertical jump: Rocky McIntosh (and others)
The 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker got 42.5 inches off the ground in 2006, tied for the 10th-best leap in combine history (and best ever by a linebacker). McIntosh, a second-round pick (35th overall) by the Washington Redskins, had an eight-year career. Note: NFLCombineResults.com lists Santana Moss as having a 42-inch leap, and McIntosh at 41.5, but we’re going with the official league result.
According to Pro Football Reference (which UM’s PR staff favors), Marcus Maxey got 41.5 inches off the ground in 2006, outshining fellow UM cornerback Kelly Jennings (40) and and superathlete Devin Hester (38). Miami had three of its five-best vertical leapers in the same draft. Combine that with Johnson (39 in 2003) and Jimmy Graham (38.5 in 2010) and you’ve got a heck of a basketball starting five.
Broad jump: Andre Johnson
He stretched his 6-2, 230-pound frame a long way at the 2003 combine, clearing 132 inches to set the mark for all Canes. Johnson was drafted third overall by the Houston Texans in 2003 and made seven Pro Bowls in a 12-year NFL career. He retired 11th all-time in both receptions and receiving yards. Honorable mention 1: Olivier Vernon, who posted a 122-inch broad jump in 2011, an impressive mark for a 6-2, 261-pound defensive end it’s seventh-best of the 59 Hurricanes who have broad-jumped at the combine since 1999).
Njoku will be looking to pass Graham, Winslow and Clive Walford (2015), all of whom hit 120.
Three-cone drill: Graig Cooper
The running back performed this change-of-direction drill the fastest among Hurricanes, going 6.66 seconds in 2011. Phillip Dorsett (6.70 seconds) came close to running him down in 2015. Cooper’s time is sixth-best all-time among running backs. Another discrepancy: Pro Football Reference lists receiver Vincent Brown on top, with a 6.64 time in 2011.
20-yard shuttle: Edgerrin James
At the first NFL combine in 1999, James set a mark for Hurricanes that still stands. No one has come close to his 3.88-second shuttle; the closest was Cooper (4.03) in 2011. His mark is fourth-best among running backs in the event’s history.
60-yard shuttle: Brandon Harris
The cornerback’s 11.31-second time in 2011 is the best-ever by a Hurricane, according to NFL.com’s data (which goes back to 2006; NFLCombineResults doesn’t have data for this event). Harris was drafted in the second round (60th overall) by the Houston Texans. He spent three seasons there and last saw game action in 2014 for the Tennessee Titans.
Honorable mention: Pat O’Donnell
Put up record numbers for a punter in 2014, with a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, 23 reps on the bench and a 30.5-inch vertical. His bench press was better than 19 running backs, 21 defensive linemen and all 37 wide receivers at that year’s combine. The 6-4, 220-pound Palm Beach Central alum was the only punter drafted, taken in the sixth round (191st overall) by the Chicago Bears. A total of 15 punters have participated in the combine since the first invitee, in 2012.
Vogel, a talented athlete in his own right, said last week he was more focused on punting well during drills. He didn’t plan to run the 40.
Largest and smallest
The tallest Hurricane in combine history is defensive end Calais Campbell, who measured 6-feet-6.7 inches in 2008. The heaviest is offensive tackle Carlos Joseph, who weighed 345 pounds in 2004. That’s 175 pounds heavier than Roscoe Parrish (2005) and Bruce Johnson (2009), each of whom weighed 170 pounds. The shortest is Sinorice Moss, who stood 5-8 in 2006.