It looks like things are starting to turn back around in South Florida when it comes to football.
The Miami Dolphins might have disappointed last season with their 6-10 finish but the Miami Hurricanes had themselves a wonderful season last year as they finished with an 8-5 record. Many people doubted this team because they didn’t think enough talent was on the roster but oh boy were they wrong. For the people who need a bit of a refresher course, the Miami Hurricanes used to put so many players in the NFL Draft they should’ve called it the annual Miami draft.
Last season the NFL got put on notice about the Miami Hurricanes once again after having two players in Ereck Flowers of the New York Giants, and Phillip Dorsett of the Indianapolis Colts get selected in the first round. Furthermore, Miami also had players such as Duke Johnson, Clive Walford and Denzel Perryman who all became starters or significant players in their rookie season. Last season even in the middle of a losing year it raised the bar for the upcoming Miami Hurricanes draft class.
These group of Hurricanes entering the NFL might not enter as first rounders but it doesn’t diminish the quality of talent which is coming into the league. The Hurricanes have five players in this year’s NFL Draft who all could become starters in the league like their predecessors in due time.
The list of the invited Hurricanes in the NFL combine is cornerback Artie Burns, safety Deon Bush, inside linebacker Raphael Kirby, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu and wide receiver Rashawn Scott. The combine is normally reserved for the best athletes in the NFL Draft, so the fact that those five got the invitation already shows that their talent is coveted by NFL franchises. It also shows that Miami’s program is in good straits.
D’Joumbarey A. Moreau covers sports in Miami-Dade & Broward County. You can follow him on Twitter @DJoumbarey.