Everyone’s got something to prove at Pro Days, the series of showcases that take place at campuses nationwide between the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft. Colleges gather their best draft-eligible prospects and put them through testing in front of representatives from NFL teams. As usual, Miami has a lot of talent, so all 32 teams are expected to send personnel.
Questions and projections for each of the 15 former Hurricanes who will work out:
Jamal Carter, S: Is he fast-fast or just fast? He has a lot going for him: chiseled body (6-1, 218), hard hitter, durable. Carter, according to his reps, showed NFL teams in Indianapolis that he could move well in space. The difference between being a mid-rounder, late-rounder or free agent will likely be his 40 time – if he’s in the 4.5 range, he’ll hear his name called. Projection: sixth-round pick
Adrian Colbert, DB: Is he draftable? He may not have enough game tape to warrant a spot in the draft, but Colbert (6-1, 195) made a few highlight-reel plays in his brief Miami tenure. Much is unknown about his game, so teams will want to see a lot from him (and be reassured that he’s healthy). He can play corner or safety. Projection: free-agent signee
Stacy Coley, WR: Will he stay healthy? That’s a concern teams won’t be able to address Wednesday, so Coley (6-0, 195) can make them feel better by blazing through the 40 and catching everything thrown his way. It’ll help that Brad Kaaya is feeding him the rock. Projection: fifth-round pick
Standish Dobard, TE: Can he run and catch? Dobard (6-4, 250) is a big body who has trimmed up considerably. That has helped bring his times down. He can block, but he’ll be a long shot for the league unless he can show something in the passing game. Projection: Will get a look in rookie camp
Corn Elder, CB: Does size matter? Elder might want to set up a projector with his game film at the edge of UM’s practice field. He was all over the place as a senior, a playmaking threat who did everything Manny Diaz and Co. asked. “One of the best-tackling defensive backs I’ve ever coached,” Diaz said. Teams know what he can do – but some simply won’t draft a 5-10, 183-pound corner. Projection: fourth-round pick
Jermaine Grace, LB: Is he big enough? Grace’s reps say he’s up to 220 pounds – he was in the 205-210 range for most of his UM career – and needs to prove he can still run at that weight. Before he was dismissed from the program last August, Grace (6-1) was one of UM’s fastest players. He’s a fit for a hybrid linebacker/DB role in the right NFL scheme. Projection: free-agent signee
Danny Isidora, OG: How high can he go? Isidora (6-3, 305) has the size of an NFL interior lineman. He was durable (39 consecutive starts) in college. He ran a 5.03-second 40 at the combine, third-best among guards, and put up a respectable 26 reps on the bench. Projection: fourth-round pick
Rayshawn Jenkins, S: Is he a mid-round or a late-round pick? Though NFL.com knocked him for his “average” instincts, Jenkins (6-1, 214) has the size, speed and aggression to be a quality NFL player. He certainly didn’t hurt himself at the combine: 4.51 in the 40, and among the top safeties in the bench (19 reps), vertical jump (37 inches) and broad jump (128 inches). Projection: sixth-round pick
Brad Kaaya, QB: How good is his arm? The bigger question scouts have about Kaaya (6-4, 214) concerns his decision-making under pressure, and he will not face an onrushing NFL defense on Wednesday. So he could help himself by putting some zip on the ball, to counter the prevailing thought he doesn’t have the strongest of arms. Projection: third-round pick
Malcolm Lewis, WR: Does he have NFL-caliber skills? Lewis (5-10, 190) had a tough road at UM with injuries. His career totals – 62 catches, 650 yards, three touchdowns in five years – aren’t overwhelming, but he’s a hard worker and a good soldier. Projection: rookie-camp attendee
Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE: Who is he, again? Muhammad (6-3, 253) played in just 17 games at Miami because of off-the-field trouble. He’s extremely raw as a player, but has the physical tools to be a pro. Projection: free-agent signee
David Njoku, TE: What else can he prove? Scouts looking to ding Njoku (6-4, 245) for something focus on his blocking, which can improve, but he brings so much else to the table. Projection: first-round pick
Justin Vogel, P: Will he be drafted? Vogel was one of the ACC’s best punters the last few seasons, and didn’t hurt his stock at the combine with a 4.7 time in the 40 and a 34-inch vertical leap, both by far best among specialists. NFL.com wrote that Vogel “doesn’t have a booming leg” on a consistent basis, but his accuracy is certainly pro-caliber. Projection: priority free agent
Marquez Williams, FB: How much else can he contribute? Williams (5-10, 260) has immense strength, but NFL teams don’t carry block-only fullbacks. He’ll have to show increased speed and potential as a pass-catcher to get a shot in the league. Projection: rookie camp invitation
Joe Yearby, RB: Is he good enough for the NFL? Yearby will have to remind teams that he rushed for 1,000 yards in the ACC, and forget that he was passed up as a starter in his junior season. He doesn’t have great size (5-9, 205) or blazing speed, so he must be a willing special-teamer – something he didn’t do often at UM – to make a roster. Projection: free-agent signee
Players will interview with NFL coaches and scouts beginning at 8 a.m. Weight room testing begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by drills on the outdoor surface. The event is closed to fans.
According to UM, no live TV coverage or online streaming will be available. NFL Network and ESPN plan to send reporters.