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Steelers selected Miami OLB Anthony Chickillo with the No. 212 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Chickillo (6'3/267) made 47 starts for Miami, piling up 25 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He shined at the Combine, running 4.79 with a 7.17 three-cone time, one of the best by a defensive lineman. Miscast as a block-occupying 3-4 end at Miami, Chickillo turned heads at the East-West Shrine Game, where he was allowed to rush off the edge. Although Chickillo isn't a truly explosive rusher, he has long arms (33 1/2") and big hands (10 1/8") and will likely stand up in a designated pass rushing role.
May 2 - 5:03 PM

Raiders selected Miami OG Jon Feliciano with the No. 128 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Feliciano (6'4/323) made 46 starts at Miami, seeing action at both guard and tackle. Limited athletically, Feliciano is a thickly-built power blocker with short arms (32 3/8"). Versatility and tenacity are Feliciano's calling cards and give him an outside shot at becoming a viable "swing" backup at both guard positions and center. He doesn't move well enough to be an NFL tackle.
May 2 - 1:30 PM

Browns selected Miami RB Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Browns seemed to rotate Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West last year after Ben Tate failed as a free agent signing, so adding another running back makes sense. Johnson (5'9/207) was the Hurricanes' lead back for most of his three college seasons, parlaying 526 career carries into 3,519 yards (6.69 YPC) and 26 TDs. Arguably the premier receiving back in the 2015 class, Johnson added 69 receptions with four more scores. Johnson ran 4.54 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Although his measurables are average, Johnson has deceptive tackle-breaking ability for his size. He's slippery between the tackles, laterally explosive, consistently finishes runs, and has three-down tools. Do not be surprised if he is viewed as a change of pace back early on.
May 1 - 10:24 PM

Raiders selected Miami TE Clive Walford with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Walford (6'4/251) was a four-year starter, amassing 1,753 yards and 14 TDs on 121 catches (14.5 YPR). He only dropped 2-of-58 targets as a senior, earning third-team All-American honors. Walford showed plus athleticism at the Combine, running 4.79 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Walford has long arms (34"), was an excellent college blocker, and projects as an in-line player in the Dwayne Allen mold. He'll play alongside pass catcher Mychal Rivera in Oakland.
May 1 - 9:54 PM

Chargers selected Miami ILB Denzel Perryman with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Perryman (5'11/236) made 37 starts for Miami, tallying 27 career tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He was a third-team All American as a senior. Perryman mostly played inside linebacker at The U, but did start at outside linebacker in 2013. Limited athletically, Perryman ran 4.78 at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. A wood-laying inside thumper, Perryman may struggle on passing downs in the pros, but could develop into a dominant run stopper. The round-two selection of Perryman may reflect poorly on the Chargers' internal opinion of Manti Te'o.
May 1 - 8:31 PM

Colts selected Miami WR Phillip Dorsett with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dorsett (5'10/185) made 30 career starts for Miami, parlaying 121 receptions into 2,132 yards (17.6 YPR) and 17 TDs. He blazed 4.33 in Indianapolis with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. A blur on game tape, Dorsett is more lid popper than quick-twitch slot receiver, and has some DeSean Jacksonian traits. Dorsett's size deficiency may prevent him from becoming a big-time touchdown scorer in the pros, but he will be able to outrun coverage and has excellent hands, dropping just 3-of-73 targets as a senior. Quarterback play and offensive philosophy will be working in Dorsett's favor with the Colts, but opportunity may not. He appears to be buried behind T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, and Donte Moncrief. Dorsett is a classic "luxury pick" who may have to excel on kickoff returns to earn significant rookie-year snaps.
Apr 30 - 11:13 PM

Giants selected Miami T/G Ereck Flowers with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Flowers (6'6/329) made 29 starts at Miami, playing left tackle his final two years and earning a second-team All-ACC selection in 2014. Flowers has long enough arms (34 1/2") for the blind side, but is expected to kick to right tackle or guard. He's drawn comparisons to 49ers RT Anthony Davis and Chargers LG Orlando Franklin. A high-upside prospect with a concerning floor, Flowers plays with violence in the run game, but tends to lose his balance too often in pass pro and needs a ton of technical work. He was flagged for seven penalties last season. In New York, expect Flowers to add meanness to the Giants' running game at right tackle, with incumbent RT Justin Pugh kicking inside to left guard.
Apr 30 - 9:07 PM

The MMQB's Peter King reports there is a "love-fest" for Miami's Ereck Flowers, citing a source who said the T "will not fail."

"He is all ball," that source said. "Don’t know if he’ll make many Pro Bowls, but he will play at a good level for years. To me, he’s a sure thing." As you all know, we aren't Flowers' biggest fans. His strength comes from his size and not due to technique, and his frenetic pass set leads to balance and base issues. Teams apparently don't have these concerns. King goes as far to say Flowers will not be on the board for the Cardinals at 24.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 30 - 7:31 AM

Alonzo Highsmith, senior personal director for the Green Bay Packers, is already stumping for Miami ILB Denzel Perryman at the end of Round 1, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The team would then push Clay Matthews to the outside," Pauline wrote. "The belief is Green Bay still values a cornerback with that first pick and I hear Eric Rowe continues to be in the mix, but don’t dismiss Perryman." We won't. ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said recently that Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson.
Apr 29 - 1:12 AM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has great zone awareness, and he understands routes," Gruden said. "He can line up off the tight end, see the checkdown and make the play. College football is not producing players like this anymore. He has instincts, he has leadership, he has communication, and if he sees something, he will run through a backside swap combination and get a tackle for a loss. If he doesn't fit your defense, fire your defensive staff." We appreciate the former coach stumping for an old-school prospect, but we still don't see Perryman as a fit for all 32 teams. Asking him, as some schemes would, to traverse huge swatches of field regularly is a good way to guarantee he won't reach his potential.
Apr 27 - 10:23 PM

Per NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, Miami TE Clive Walford hurt his draft stock with a poor attitude during the interview process.

"He acted like he was doing us a favor by even talking to us," one NFL tight end coach told Zierlein. "We asked about an issue he had and he got pissy." This year's week tight end class just can't get out of its own way. Zierlein noted that three of the four TEs have been labeled as potential attitude problems, with Minnesota's Maxx Williams and South Carolina's Rory "Busta" Anderson joining Walford.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:41 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner cautions that only six of the 38 receivers who have run sub-4.4 forty since the 2009 combine are currently top-two receivers on their respective NFL teams.

"With Dorsett, we didn't see much besides elite speed," he wrote of PFF's tape and stat investigation. "He's undersized at 5-10, 185 pounds, and is still an unrefined route runner. Of his 67 targets last season, 40 came on deep routes (go, deep crosser, post and corner). He'll have to run a much more varied route tree at the next level. DeSean Jackson goes deep as often as anyone in the NFL, and even he was targeted on downfield routes only 37 percent of the time last season." The analyst concedes that there is "a lot of potential here" but believes that "taking Dorsett in the first round would be a substantial gamble." We think Dorsett is either going to sneak into the latter stages of Round 1 or get popped quickly on Day 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 2:35 AM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "is one of the fastest players in this class, with elite burst to and through the hole," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"One of the most important qualities in a running back is the ability to create yards on your own, and Johnson can do that with his ability to make defenders miss in the hole and with his electrifying lateral agility," McShay wrote. "He can stop and start on a dime and can quickly change directions while working through multiple creases. Running plays don't always go the way you draw them up on the chalk board, so a lot of times you need to find the second crease, which is why Johnson's ability to change direction without losing momentum is so important." Johnson led draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. "He is also an excellent pass-catcher, with his ability to quickly transition upfield after the catch and then make defenders miss in the open field," McShay wrote. Johnson is also a good kickoff returner.
Apr 26 - 11:59 PM

An NFL scout said Miami T Ereck Flowers is a "big, rugged, physical right tackle" and is an immediate NFL starter.

"Violent, physical player," another scout said. "Fundamentally, he's got to clean some things up. He ducks his head. He tries to win with all upper body. He's got to learn to play with more patience." Flowers led offensive linemen with 37 bench press reps at the combine. "Strictly a right tackle or guard," a third scout said. "He can't play left tackle because he isn't quick. He is powerful and he does have an anchor. He's stiff, so he has problems with adjust and recovery. He carries his hands low. He needs a lot of work with his hands. Big disappointment of the (top) group."
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "isn't going to be a bell-cow runner in the NFL, but like [Ameer] Abdullah, he could be a big-time contributor as a change-of-pace runner who plays in tandem with a power back," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's one of the best pass-catchers of all the running backs in this class, which makes him a big-time threat on third down," McShay wrote. "There is some concern about his durability and whether he can consistently stay on the field at the NFL level." Johnson led draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. Johnson has been compared to Chris Johnson in the past, but he's not quite the elite sprinter on the stop watch.
Apr 24 - 6:53 PM


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