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Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "was a playmaker from the first day he suited up until he ended his career last season as on coaches' first-team All-ACC," observed NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

The analyst mentions that Perryman was highly productive both as a starter on the inside and outside while in school. Cooney then poked holes in comparisons made to Wisconsin's Chris Borland. "Perryman is not really a frenetic, hyperactive tackling machine like Borland," Cooney wrote. "Perryman is more of a deliberate, focused defensive quarterback who reads plays well and uses a combination of quickness and good angles to get in on plays and is an efficient open-field tackler." At the combine, Perryman was asked what scouts liked about him. He responded: "They like how I go downhill, they like how I take on blocks. Some scouts like to see my man-to-man coverage, my technique on that i just need to brush that up. As far as my pass coverage, some of them were impressed at the Senior Bowl."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 9:23 PM

Miami T Ereck Flowers has "some of the same strengths and flaws 2014 first-round pick Greg Robinson had coming in," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The players have differing bodies, but the situations compare. "Flowers has the size, feet and talent to be a very good left tackle but he will be a work in progress unless he can eliminate some of the balance issues that could plague him," Zierlein wrote. Flowers compares to Anthony Davis on the field, Zierlein believes. The 6-foot-6, 329-pound Flowers, who decided not to hire an agent and will represent himself, is highly athletic (5.29 forty, 10-yard split of 1.78). He's a probable Round 1 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 8:04 PM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "compares favorably to [Shane] Vereen from a size, style and versatility standpoint," points out Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

It's an interesting observation, because New England lost Vereen to the Giants and might now seek out his replacement in the draft. Johnson, a newer make of a similar sports car, should hold great interest because of that. "He has a strong combination of vision, quickness and burst to create yards as a runner and after the catch, and he is dangerous in space," Weidl wrote. "In addition, Johnson brings the versatility to create mismatches in the passing game with experience both out of the backfield and flexed out in the slot." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores.
Mar 21 - 4:46 PM

Miami DE Anthony Chickillo is "a tough kid who will surprise people," predicts NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

The analyst added that Chickillo was an "absolute terror in the East-West Shrine Game." We can understand why a sect of evaluators believes Chickillo is a sleeper. He didn't post much in the way of stats in college, but was miscast as a 3-4 defensive end. The 6-foot-3 1/8, 261-pounder is a former five-star prospect who ran an impressive 4.77 40-yard dash with a 10-yard split of 1.59 seconds at the combine. "Someone is going to get a gem in the third or fourth round," Davis previously said.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 10:59 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Miami TE Clive Walford is a "combo tight end who can help a team in the running game and through the air."

Zierlein compares Walford to Dwayne Allen. "He lacks the elite athletic traits to be a game-changer at the position, but he is becoming a premium blocker," Zierlein wrote. "With teams looking for versatile tight ends to create matchups in two-TE sets, Walford's stock should be high." The analyst ranks Walford as the No. 2 tight end in the class. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Walford logged 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that scouts have "raved about" Miami RB Duke Johnson's "footwork, quickness and creativity."

"The scouts also touted Miami RB Duke Johnson as a playmaker. They raved about his footwork, quickness and creativity. Impressed with IQ, too," Brooks tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson possesses a ton of explosiveness, which should translate well to the next level. However, the Miami prospect will have to continue to improve in pass-protection, in order to see valuable time on the field. NFL teams looking for a back with game-changing ability in the open field, will look to grab him on day 2 of the draft.
Mar 18 - 2:33 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Miami RB Duke Johnson's "lack of protection skills and his injury concerns could force him into a committee situation."

"One of the most explosive runners in college football during his time at Miami, Johnson doesn't need much of a crease to make defenses pay," Zierlein wrote. "His explosive quickness and elusiveness should help him adapt quickly to NFL speed and his feel and courage as a one-cut runner should earn him instant playing time." The analyst compares Johnson to C.J. Spiller. "Explosive burst and plays with suddenness," his scouting report reads. "Elusive in tight quarters. Has lightning in his feet. Has hips and feet to stop and start without stalling. Rare ability on stretch plays to hit cutback lanes that other backs can't get to. Runs with patience and a well-timed burst." The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014, adding 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 2:42 AM

NFL.com sees Miami TE Clive Walford as an ideal fit to replace Jimmy Graham with the Saints.

Graham, a UM grad himself, was shipped to the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster Tuesday trade. "Walford isn't worthy of a first-round selection, but he should be there when the Saints pick 12th in the second round (44th overall)," noted College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. A few weeks ago, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock called Walford "the most explosive tight end in this year's draft." And not for nothing: Walford was often deployed out wide by Hurricane coaches. He isn't in Graham's class as an athlete, and he isn't as long (6-foot-4, 251), but Walford could potentially provide half the value for a small fraction of the price.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 10 - 8:26 PM

NFL Media's Curtis Conway believes Miami WR Phillip Dorsett could be a good fit with the Colts, provided they don't invest a first-rounder in him.

"You talk about a good fit with with T.Y. (Hilton), can you imagine? Both of these speed demons out there on an island? You can't put a safety in the box to cover the run game, which means that will open up your run game," Conway said. "You get a Phillip Dorsett out there man to man, you're not gong to have a safety in the box. I like him, not right away in the first round, but maybe in the third round, I see Phillip Dorsett being a really good piece for that offense." Unfortunately, Dorsett likely won't be available in stanza three. He ranks No. 47 on Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50, and ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote recently that Dorsett is "clearly in the Round 1 mix."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 5:21 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Miami WR Phillip Dorsett has "star" written all over him.

"Great speed. Tremendously explosive," Kiper says. Dorsett certainly shines in one area, and that is straight line speed. He can stretch out a defense in that area. A question is if you can count on him to win underneath and when contested. He might be a role player in our eyes, which there is nothing wrong with, but Kiper recently said Dorsett is clearly in the first-round mix.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 11:26 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Miami RB Duke Johnson would "be the best fit" to replace Lesean McCoy in the draft for Philadelphia.

"Duke Johnson in my mind would probably be the best fit. He's a carbon copy of Shady McCoy stylistically, the way he runs inside and outside," Brooks said. The Hurricane prospect offers a versatile skill-set and is the perfect weapon coming out of the backfield. Johnson shows ton of explosiveness and may fit the profile of what Chip Kelly is looking for in a future back.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that he "love[s] the tape" of Miami ILB Denzel Perryman.

"He's probably going to be this year's Chris Borland as a guy who is a great football player and succeeds in the NFL despite having less-than-ideal measurables," McShay wrote. "But there will be some concern from NFL teams over his below-average scores in the vertical (32 inches) and broad (9-5) jumps." Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine, a poor showing. An anonymous NFL scout recently said that Perryman has "got some stiffness to him," and another predicted "second or third round."
Mar 3 - 10:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that "teams will want to see more athleticism from [Miami ILB Denzel Perryman] at his pro day."

That pro day will go down on April 1. "Perryman is a tremendous player, but the bench press (27) was the only test he showed well in during the combine," Davis wrote. "He's a tough, hard-hitting inside linebacker and looks good on tape. However, his combine numbers aren't going to impress any evaluators as they evaluate the top players at his position." An anonymous NFL scout recently said that Perryman has "got some stiffness to him," and another predicted "second or third round."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 10:53 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Miami ILB Denzel Perryman has "got some stiffness to him."

"We've got people who love him," the scout said. "I think he's gotten too big. I talked to those guys (coaches) there and he doesn't want to lose the weight. Doesn't look like he can run as well as he should." Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine, a poor showing. "Explosive tackler," another scout said. "Physical. Tough. He's second or third round. It will be interesting to see how he runs." Perryman projects as a middle linebacker, but he did start all 13 games at OLB in 2013.
Mar 2 - 7:10 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is "now clearly in the Round 1 mix," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Having 4.33 speed can move you up on a lot of boards, but Dorsett isn't just a track star -- he's a capable receiver and can help a team out immediately," Kiper wrote. The 5-foot-9 5/8, 183-pound Dorsett has apparently run as fast as 4.21 in training. As we like to remind readers, though: Don't count the speed into his evaluation twice. It's already a focal point of his game tape.
Mar 1 - 9:10 PM


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