NFL Draft 2016: Miami Hurricanes all-time best NFL combine performers  

The NFL combine begins Tuesday in Indianapolis and five players from last year’s Hurricanes team have been invited to participate.

Cornerback Artie Burns, safety Deon Bush, defensive tackle Ufomba Kamalu, linebacker Raphael Kirby and wide receiver Rashawn Scott will try to impress NFL scouts at the event, which runs through Monday, Feb. 29.

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 (2006-15) and, which dates to 1999. The latter website, which says it gathers and cross-checks data from and major media outlets, has results for 91 Hurricanes players in the last 17 years.

Former Hurricanes wide receiver Andre Johnson shined at the 2003 NFL combine. (Getty Images photo, Post illustration)
Former Hurricanes wide receiver Andre Johnson shined at the 2003 NFL combine. (Getty Images photo, Post illustration)

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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.

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.

Vertical jump: Rocky McIntosh

The 6-foot-2, 242-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: lists Santana Moss as having a 42-inch leap, and McIntosh at 41.5, but we’re going with the official league result.

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 has made seven Pro Bowls. He is currently ninth in NFL history in both receptions and receiving yards. Honorable mention goes to 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).

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.

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’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.

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.


List of Miami Hurricanes currently in the NFL

Updated May 24, 2016

A simple list of every former Hurricanes player currently on an NFL roster, with links to their stats/bios. Nothing more, nothing less.

Allen Hurns is one of dozens of Hurricanes currently in the NFL. (Getty Images)
Allen Hurns is one of dozens of Hurricanes currently in the NFL. (Getty Images)


Updated May 24, 2016. Years lettered at UM in parentheses.

Arizona Cardinals

Calais Campbell (2005-07), DE

Olsen Pierre (2011-14), DT

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Bosher (2007-10), P

DeMarcus Van Dyke (2007-10), CB

Devin Hester (2003-05), WR

Baltimore Ravens


Buffalo Bills

Leonard Hankerson (2007-10), WR

Seantrel Henderson (2010-13), OT

Carolina Panthers

LaRon Byrd (2008-11), WR

Greg Olsen, (2004-06), TE

Chicago Bears

Deon Bush (2012-15), S

Pat O’Donnell (2013), P

Cincinnati Bengals

Eric Winston (2002-05), OT

Cleveland Browns

Tracy Howard (2012-15), CB

Duke Johnson (2012-14), RB

Dallas Cowboys

Brandon McGee (2009-12), CB

Justin Renfrow (2013), DT (playing OL in NFL)

Denver Broncos

Calvin Heurtelou (2013-15), DT

Detroit Lions


Green Bay Packers

Ladarius Gunter (2013-14), CB

Sam Shields (2006-09), CB

Herb Waters (2012-15), WR

Ryan Williams (2011-14), QB

Houston Texans

Ufomba Kamalu (2013-15), DE

Lamar Miller (2010-11), RB

Vince Wilfork (2001-03), DT

Indianapolis Colts

Phillip Dorsett (2011-14), WR

Frank Gore (2001, 03-04), RB

Stephen Morris (2010-13), QB

Erik Swoope (basketball 2009-14), TE

Jacksonville Jaguars

Thurston Armbrister (2011-14), LB

Allen Hurns (2011-13), WR

Brandon Linder (2010-13), OG

Kansas City Chiefs

Allen Bailey (2007-10), DE

Los Angeles Rams



Miami Dolphins

Rashawn Scott (2011-15), WR

Minnesota Vikings


New England Patriots


New Orleans Saints


New York Giants

Ereck Flowers (2012-14), OT

Shane McDermott (2010-14), C

Olivier Vernon (2009-11), DE

New York Jets


Oakland Raiders

Jon Feliciano (2011-14), OG

Clive Walford (2011-14), TE

Philadelphia Eagles


Pittsburgh Steelers

Artie Burns (2012-15), CB

Anthony Chickillo (2011-14), LB

Tyriq McCord (2012-15), LB


San Diego Chargers

Travis Benjamin (2008-11), WR

Asante Cleveland (2010-13), TE

Orlando Franklin (2007-10), OT

Denzel Perryman (2011-14), LB

San Francisco 49ers


Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (basketball, 2005-09; football 2009), TE

Jake Heaps (2014), QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike James (2009-12), RB

Tennessee Titans

Sean Spence (2008-11), LB

Washington Redskins


Free agents of note

Chase Ford (2010-11), TE

Marcus Forston (2008-11), DT

Jason Fox (2006-09), OT

Richard Gordon (2006-08, 10), TE

Andre Johnson (2000-02), WR

Antrel Rolle (2001-04), DB

Brandon Washington (2009-11), OG