ESPN’s Todd McShay: Three Miami Hurricanes should be drafted in Rounds 3-4-5

Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman RJ McIntosh (80), defensive lineman Joe Jackson (99) and linebacker Zach McCloud (53) celebrate a sack of Toledo Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside (11) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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Miami is unlikely to have a first-round draft pick this year, ending a three-year streak.

But several Hurricanes could go in the middle rounds, including one who left early.

On a conference call Wednesday, ESPN’s Todd McShay said defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh is “probably in that third-round range for me” after turning pro as a junior. He will go “at least” that high, McShay added.

Graduating defensive end Chad Thomas is a “later fourth-round” prospect, McShay said, and wide receiver Braxton Berrios could go in that round or the fifth.

McIntosh, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound Fort Lauderdale native, made 12.2 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and broke up seven passes (more than any ACC defensive lineman).

“He’s a good player,” McShay said. “I think he can continue to develop. He had certainly flashes this past year. He and Norton, obviously they had a good defensive front. They did some good things. Their best game was probably, as a whole, against Notre Dame. They gave them all sorts of trouble.”

McShay didn’t seem to think another Miami trenchman who left early, tackle Kendrick Norton, would be drafted on Day 2.

“For me, at least, McIntosh would be in the third round,” McShay said. “Chad Thomas I’ve got a fourth-round grade, later fourth-round grade.

“And then Braxton Berrios is intriguing to me because of punt return ability above all. He came on strong this past year. Tough player. He has good hands as a receiver and really good hands as a punt returner. He’s just a really natural punt returner who may not be the most explosive guy, but you trust him.”

McShay thinks Berrios is “a slot receiver, probably a No. 4-type receiver in the league, and a punt returner,” he said. “You’re getting some good value, I would say, in the fourth round. Maybe he falls in the fifth. But I think fourth-, fifth-round range will be right around where Berrios winds up going.”

Besides Norton, McShay did not mention running back Mark Walton, who left school after his junior season. NFL.com projects Walton to go in the fourth or fifth rounds. Norton is a projected fourth-round pick, according to the league’s website, which also graded tight end Chris Herndon in rounds 4-5.

NFL.com was higher on Thomas (2-3) than McShay, about the same on McIntosh (3-4) and lower on Berrios (6-7).

The website considers offensive lineman Kc McDermott a seventh-rounder or priority free agent, and cornerback Dee Delaney, offensive lineman Trevor Darling and kicker Michael Badgley priority free agents.