With the NFL Draft officially being one month away, the Miami Hurricanes wrapped up their pro day. The Hurricanes are looking to be the first team since 2006 with two defensive ends drafted in the first round. Depending on which draft board you are looking at, it’s possible that a Miami defensive end wearing 15 is at the top.
The mystery over which standout gets drafted first will be decided on draft day but Jaelan Phillips and Greg Rousseau are both elites. In addition to those two at the defensive end position, former AAC Defensive Player of the Year, Quincy Roche should be selected between rounds two through four. All-ACC tight end, Brevin Jordan, will likely follow Roche’s path as a day two selection. Lou Groza award winner, Jose Borregales has the chance to be the first kicker selected in the draft.
Putting On a Show
The Miami Hurricanes pro day featured a representative from every NFL team including head coaches Bill Belichick and Brian Flores. They were in for a treat as the undoubted star of the pro day was Phillips. After measuring in at six foot five 260 pounds, he ran a blazing 4.56 40 yard dash. He wouldn’t end there, with a 36-inch vertical jump and a 4.12 short shuttle time. In drills, it was easy to see why Phillips is a different type of athlete as he showcased his fluidity.
The opportunity to display his athleticism helped raise Roche’s profile in drills. In the testing portion, Roche ran better than expected with a 4.62 40 yard dash time. He also put up 23 reps on the bench press in addition to a 32-inch vertical jump. Rousseau showed up the pro day looking noticeably bigger and measured in at six foot six and 266 pounds. His size immediately jumped out with 11-inch hands along with an 83-inch wingspan. At that size, Rousseau would run a 4.68 40 yard dash time.
The lone offensive player was Brevin Jordan, who measured in at six foot two and 247 pounds. He looked good in his drills showing off his route running and his catching skills. Jordan ran a 4.64 40 yard dash to go along with 17 bench press reps.
The Secret Weapon
Miami’s pro day focused exclusively on the offense and defensive side of the ball but the player who will garner plenty of attention is Jose Borregales. In his lone season with Miami, he won the award for the best kicker in the nation and made several All-American teams. Speaking with the media after his pro day, Borregales stated that his personal long is from 70 yards. Against Louisville this season, he nailed a 58-yard kick which still had plenty of room to go further. He made 90 percent of his kicks this season and made every single extra-point kick. While most kickers usually sign free-agent deals, Borregales should be one of the few specialists to get drafted this season.