2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Trajan Bandy, CB
Career Snapshot: Bandy spent three seasons in the Miami defensive backfield before declaring after the 2019 season. In 2017, Bandy played in 11 games, recorded 25 tackles and one interception. As a sophomore, Bandy posted 36 tackles (4.5 for a loss) with three interceptions in 12 games. In 2019, Bandy finished with 29 tackles and his first three career sacks.
Positives: Smallish, explosive cornerback who has flashed next-level ball skills the past two seasons. Smoothly flips his hips, quickly picks up assignments, and sticks on the receiver’s hip everywhere on the field.
Quick and fluid in his backpedal, displays the ability to explode out of his plant and quickly closes to the action. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself and get off blocks. Shows instincts and awareness and effectively recognizes routes in zone coverage. Easily covers receivers on crossing patterns. Gives effort against the run.
Negatives: Loses out in battles due to his lack of size. Easily outpositioned from the action.
Analysis: Bandy was a productive player for three years at Miami, but he comes off a slightly disappointing junior season. He lacks next-level size, but he has enough ball skills to line up in a nickel and dime packages and can play over the slot receiver and on the boundary.
Pat Bethel, DT
Career Snapshot: A former four-star recruit, Bethel saw action right away as a freshman in 2016, appearing in 11 games and recording six tackles while also performing special teams duties, including blocking a punt in his first game with the Hurricanes.
He recorded 18 tackles and a sack in 13 games as a sophomore. Played in all 13 games (12 starts) as a junior with 23 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two sacks. Started all 13 games as a senior and finished with 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. His father, Randy, played tight end for Miami from 1987-1990.
Positives: Hard-working defensive lineman who is effective when he bends his knees and plays with leverage; flashes power in his lower body and gives effort. Effectively occupies the gaps, holds his ground and takes on blockers.
Negatives: Average size, athleticism and upside. Makes little impact as a play-maker. Easily controlled by a single blocker.
Analysis: Bethel is a hard-working college lineman who gets the most from his ability, but he has minimal upside.
DeeJay Dallas, RB
Career Snapshot: Former four-star recruit out of Georgia that excelled rushing and throwing the football in high school. Shifted to running back in the middle of his freshman year. Appeared in 12 games and finished with 217 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
As a sophomore, led the team with 1,260 all-purpose yards, was second on the team with 617 rushing yards and tied for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns. Became primary running back in 2019 after the departure of Travis Homer and started ten games before an elbow injury caused him to miss the rest of the season. Finished with 693 yards and eight rushing touchdowns, also added 140 receiving yards on 14 catches.
Positives: Well-rounded ball carrier with next-level size. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and squeezes through the small openings of the defense. Nifty, nimble, and runs behind his pads. Effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field, keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up as much yardage as possible.
Runs with balance, has a stout build, and works runs. Quickly cuts back against the grain and shows the ability to change direction without losing much momentum. Terrific receiver out of the backfield. Squares into opponents and works blocks.
Negatives: Possesses more of a short burst of speed and cannot beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight. Marginally productive as both a ball carrier and pass catcher.
Analysis: Dallas flashes next-level skill as a ball carrier, pass catcher, and blocker in the backfield. Though he was never super productive at Miami, he offers possibilities as a rotational back at the next level.
Romeo Finley, S
Positives: Well-built, hard-hitting safety who lays it on the line each snap. Quick to read and diagnose, displays timing and sells out to make plays. Plays heads-up football, breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Violently goes after ball carriers and sells out to make plays. Wraps up tackling and brings opponents down in the open field.
Negatives: Plays to one speed and lacks burst. Stiff and lacks range.
Analysis: Finley was a terrific college defender who got the most from his ability and always worked to intimidate opponents. He lacks great upside, but he comes with a special-teams mentality and could be a demon on coverage units.
Jonathan Garvin, DE
Career Snapshot: Former four-star recruit who played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2017 and recorded two sacks. Started all 13 games as a sophomore, recording 60 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks, finishing second on the team in TFLs and sacks. Started 11 games as a junior with 37 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and five sacks.
Positives: Athletic college defensive end who has flashed pass-rushing skill the past two seasons. Quick off the snap, plays with exceptional pad level and fights with his hands to protect himself. Keeps his feet moving, easily changes direction, and quickly gets out into space to pursue the action. Agile, chases the action hard and makes plays in the open field. Resilient, plays with balance and body control and shows enough athleticism to make plays in pursuit.
Negatives: Has a thin frame. Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Average strength and production.
Analysis: Garvin has flashed ability the past two seasons and comes with upside, but he would’ve been better off if he returned to college for another season. He possesses outside linebacker size and needs work on his game, but he should be kept on a practice squad for future development at the very least.
Trevon Hill, DE
Career Snapshot: Transferred to Miami in 2019 from Virginia Tech. Played one season for the Hurricanes, registering 27 tackles in 12 games, also had 9.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Played 30 games at Virginia Tech, posting 94 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks for the Hokies.
Positives: Athletic Virginia Tech transfer who fires off the snap and plays with great leverage and pad level. Easily moves about the field, covers a lot of area, and makes plays in space. Can bend off the edge, immediately alters his angle of attack and chases the action in backside pursuit. Displays a burst of closing speed and terrific quickness.
Negatives: Missed most of the 2018 season after he was dismissed by Virginia Tech. Was spotty and very streaky last year at Miami and disappeared for long stretches. Turned in a nondescript week of practices at the Senior Bowl.
Analysis: As a sophomore at Virginia Tech in 2017, Hill presented himself as an outstanding edge rusher with a high upside. Off-field issues disrupted his development, and he never really pulled it together last season at Miami. He possesses upside, but his game needs a lot of work, and he would’ve been better off if he returned to college for another season.
K.J. Osborn, WR
Career Snapshot: Transferred from Buffalo in 2019, played one season for the Hurricanes. Started all 13 games and led team in receptions (50), receiving yards (547), receiving touchdowns (five), punt returns (16), punt return yards (255) and all-purpose yards (1,018).
Redshirted freshman year at Buffalo in 2015. Played all 12 games with two starts for Buffalo in 2016 and had eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdowns. Played 12 games with seven starts in 2017 and posted 35 catches for 493 yards and four touchdowns and was an Academic All-MAC selection. Earned Second Team All-MAC honors in 2018 thanks for a season with 53 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns.
Positives: Consistent wideout with solid size. Smart, tough and plays with good football intelligence. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, lays out for the difficult catch and battles to come away with the reception.
Possesses soft and strong hands and shows the ability to pluck the ball from the air. On the same page as his quarterback, works to make himself an available receiver and makes the reception in stride. Quickly picks up assignments and gives effort as a blocker.
Negatives: One-speed receiver who lacks a burst. Lacks height and size for a possession wideout.
Analysis: Osborn put together two productive seasons for the Hurricanes and offers potential at the next level as a fifth receiver and return specialist.
Michael Pinckney, OLB
Career Snapshot: Three-star prospect out of high school. Was an ESPN Freshman All-American in 2016 after recording 61 tackles that season with 7.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts in 2017, was third on the team with 68 tackles and had 11 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.
Named as an Honorable Mention for All-ACC. Started 12 games in 2018, finishing third again on the team in tackles with 74 with 11 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Earned another All-ACC Honorable Mention. Finished career with one more season third on the team in tackles with 64. Had 12.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks plus three pass breakups. Named to second team All-ACC.
Positives: Undersized, swift run-and-chase linebacker who makes plays in every area of the field. Displays outstanding range, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area. Easily changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack without losing momentum. Explodes into tackles, viciously attacks ball carriers and plays with a nasty attitude. Quickly locates the ball, remains disciplined, and does not bite on fakes. Sells out on the blitz.
Negatives: Needs a free lane to the action. Easily tied up by blocks. Should be better in coverage than he actually is. Was inconsistent during Shrine Game practices.
Analysis: Pinckney is an athletic run-and-chase linebacker who really fits today’s NFL. He comes with scheme versatility and should do well in a backup role on Sundays.
Shaquille Quarterman, ILB
Career Snapshot: Considered the heart of the Miami defense. Earned two straight All-ACC First Team honors in 2018 and 2019 with a Second Team award in 2017. Immediately became the team’s middle linebacker as a freshman.
Finished second on team in tackles as a freshman with 84 and second in 2017, as a sophomore with 83 and as a junior with 82. Led the team in tackles as a senior with 107. Finished career with 356 tackles and started all 52 games at Miami.
Positives: Stout, tough run-defending linebacker who remains disciplined with assignments, breaks down well, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Explosive hitter who fires up the field to fill gaps and drives his shoulders into ball carriers. Scrapes well laterally, flows to the action, and wraps up tackling. Holds his ground against blocks and allows teammates to make plays on the ball.
Negatives: Two-down linebacker who lacks range and speed. Displays limited ability in pursuit. Struggled all week during Shrine Game practices.
Analysis: Quarterman was highly rated coming into the season by scouts despite the fact that he’s a two-down defender. While he stacks well against the run, Quarterman is a liability in coverage and has scheme limitations.
Jeff Thomas, WR
Career Snapshot: Four-star wide receiver and the No. 1 player of his class in the state of Illinois by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Played all 13 games as a freshman, finishing with 17 catches for 374 yards and two touchdowns. Was also team’s primary kick returner.
Played in 11 games as a sophomore, had 35 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns. Played ten games as a junior in 2019, caught 31 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns. Declared early for the draft.
Positives: Quick-footed receiver who throws devastating fakes at the line of scrimmage and sells routes. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, tracks the deep pass and looks the ball into his hands. Easily makes the reception at full speed and doesn’t break stride. Extends his hands and mostly snatches the ball away from his frame.
Negatives: One-speed wideout who lacks the deep burst. Really wasn’t a big part of the passing offense at Miami last season and turned in marginal production the past two years. Possesses average size and struggles in battles.
Analysis: Despite being highly rated in some quarters, Thomas was an average college receiver who occasionally flashed ability. He lacks the size and speed for the next level, but he could make a roster as a fifth receiver if he shows ability as a punt returner.
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