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ESPN's Michael Rothstein suggests the Lions might "overhaul" the TE position this offseason.

"This is an area Detroit could try to make a big splash," Rothstein writes. Rotoworld's Josh Norris and Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting have brought up the possibility of the Lions drafting a tight end in round one since the Senior Bowl. The team has yet to decide on Eric Ebron's fifth-year option, but no matter what a slot target to fill Anquan Boldin's role, with possible potential to play inline, is an important part of the offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 9:07 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Miami QB Brad Kaaya "really struggles when forced off his spot."

That is not a good trait. Jeremiah notes when everything works, Kaaya looks good with a "firm base" and is accurate. As you all know, we care most about quarterbacks when they are pressured. This is not a good sign for the Miami Hurricane.
Feb 22 - 10:30 AM

Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero believes the team will not select a TE in the first round.

This was even before the Dolphins completed a trade for Julius Thomas. Dion Sims and Thomas will likely pair in two tight end sets, and Dolphins fans have missed a star pass catcher in that area since Jordan Cameron's amazing 2013 season. Expect at least two tight ends to be drafted in the first round.
Feb 21 - 9:04 AM

Miami sophomore S Cedrick Wright will transfer.

Wright, a native of Dade County, appeared in nine games as a true freshman last season, mostly on special teams. Rated as a four-star safety prospect by ESPN in the class of 2016, Wright picked the Hurricanes Miami over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others. Wright will sit the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS school. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Feb 20 - 6:04 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Camron Davis.

Davis was committed to Oregon State over the summer, but reopened his recruitment at the end of October. Miami is currently crushing the 2018 cycle. Davis (No. 176 overall on Rivals) isn't even their highest ranking running back commitment to date -- that would be Lorenzo Lingard (No. 16 overall on Rivals). Scout.com's analysis team notes that the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Davis "runs a little upright for a back his size and he shows a little stiffness, but he is a strong runner with a burst and vision."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 2:49 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised that Miami S Jamal Carter received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Brugler views Carter as an occasionally forgotten piece in Miami's secondary. That perception has not held up during the draft process, though, as Carter played in the East-West Shrine Game back in January and is now propelling himself off that platform and into the NFL Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder registered 85 tackles this past season, plus three passes defensed.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 2:24 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DT Nesta Silvera.

Scout.com's Corey Bender passes along a rundown of Silvera's game, noting that the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder "shows good ball awareness and does a nice job of keeping his eyes up" and adding that "[h]e shows good change of direction when reading and reacting to the ball, but also closes on the ball carrier with impressive acceleration." While Scout views him as a three-star prospect, over at Rivals another sparkle is tossed his way to give him four-star status. Miami is off to a hot recruiting start for the 2018 cycle and has a legitimate shot at landing a top-10 class by the time National Signing Day rolls around next February.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 16 - 9:31 PM

Miami signed three-star 2017 RB Robert Burns.

Burns represents a classic case of just how wildly high school evaluations can differ. On the ESPN 300, he clocks in at a respectable No. 108 in the 2017 class. Rivals doesn't see the equation in nearly the same manner, as they do not rank the 5-foot-11, 215-pounder among their top 250 prospects. Scout, too, leaves Burns out in the cold. The latter outlet refers to him as a "hard-nosed, physical runner."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 14 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. writes that "[i]f [Miami TE David Njoku] shows out for scouts at the [C]ombine, he could be the top tight end off the board."

Njoku's draft stock is as sizzling as that of any player in the country. Earlier this month, an NFL scout told CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has more upside than any tight end prospect he has ever evaluated. Kiper slots Njoku into his latest Big Board at No. 22. Fittingly, his No. 21 prospect is Alabama TE O.J. Howard. Should Njoku not be selected as the first tight end off the board in April, then it will almost certainly be Howard who earns that initial call. The Giants are one team reportedly salivating over Njoku.
Feb 11 - 6:11 PM

Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski received a promotion to assistant head coach.

"Craig did an outstanding job last season working with our defensive line. He’s a terrific motivator and a great teacher," said HC Mark Richt in a statement. The Hurricanes hired Kuligowski away from Missouri in December of 2015, when Richt was piecing together his initial staff at Miami.
Feb 11 - 5:32 PM

Miami signed three-star 2017 DE Jonathan Garvin.

Garvin took an in-season official visit to Tennessee in October, but that did not sway him off an earlier pledge to the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-4, 222-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 236 overall prospect in the 2017 class. That outlet notes that Garvin is "at his best when turned loose to pursue the quarterback." They would like to see him further develop his arsenal of moves as he acclimates to collegiate play.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 9 - 6:41 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Lorenzo Lingard.

Lingard is a strong early pledge for the Hurricanes, who just posted a borderline top-10 2017 recruiting class. Rivals ranks the 6-foot, 180-pound native of Orange City, Florida, as their No. 16 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Scout.com sees him in similar terms, slotting him at No. 23 overall. The latter outlet notes that Lingard "flashes outstanding vision and craftiness when operating with the football." They refer to him as a north-south runner.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 9 - 6:12 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the New York Giants are high on Miami TE David Njoku.

The Giants are digging deep into the tight end crop, and Pauline reported last week that they also like South Alabama's Gerald Everett. An AFC scout told NFL.com last month that Njoku is Bubba Franks with better athleticism. A different NFL scout told CBS that his team's TE coach had said that Njoku has "the most upside he's ever seen in a prospect" at the position.
Feb 8 - 3:31 PM

Miami QB Brad Kaaya won the accuracy competition at the State Farm All-Star Football Challenge.

He hit six stationary targets from various distances in 19.5 seconds to beat out a host of quarterback prospects including Iowa's C.J. Beathard, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, Western Michigan's Zach Terrell and Cal's Davis Webb. Kaaya has now turned his attention to preparing for the NFL Combine. "I've played in a pro-style scheme, I've played in a spread scheme, I went back to a multiple scheme this year, and it's taught me a lot," Kaaya told ESPN. " ... it taught me a lot of checks that I think will help me at the next level. It's taught me a lot of schemes and checks, even protections that will help me at the next level. I think in interviews coming up, I'll be able to show my stuff."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 3:17 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy called Miami freshman WR Mike Harley "one of the quickest, most dynamic players in this class."

Cassidy is crossing his fingers that Harley bring the "versatility and quickness" that was hoped for from 2016 signee Sam Bruce, whom the Hurricanes dismissed this past autumn. "Harley has the speed capable of turning short completions into big gains," Cassidy writes, "and may help out returning kicks." He is listed at just 5-foot-10, 153 pounds and will need to put on playing weight, but his speed should make him a factor for the Hurricanes sooner than not.
Source: Rivals
Feb 4 - 7:57 PM


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