The Miami Hurricanes didn’t have the season that many expected. Regardless, they are sending quite a list of NFL Draft prospects to the three-day event. Will they all hear their names called? Check out each of their scouting reports to find out more about Miami’s prospects.
Miami (FL) 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Antonio Moultrie, DT
Strengths: UAB transfer with an underrated game. Plays with terrific pad level, gets leverage on opponents, and moves well laterally. Displays good change-of-direction ability and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Instinctive, flashes athleticism, and sells out to make plays.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t play to his size and gets easily turned from the action by a single blocker. Possesses an average closing burst.
Overall: At face value, Moultrie possesses next-level size and speed and has flashed NFL skills the past two years. He must get stronger, but Moultrie has enough ability to be a situational lineman on Sundays.
Caleb Johnson, LB
Strengths: UCLA transfer with average size and speed. Quickly diagnoses plays, stays with assignments, and flows to the action. Doesn’t bite on ball fakes and displays good change-of-direction ability and solid playing speed. Nicely redirects to the action and wraps up tackling.
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Weaknesses: Doesn’t have flat-out pursuit speed. Not a stout tackler and has ball handlers running through his arms. Doesn’t get depth on pass drops.
Overall: Johnson is a two-down run defender who lacks the size and speed for the next level. He must play exceptionally well on special teams to have any chance of getting out of camp this summer.
DJ Ivey, CB
Strengths: Athletic cornerback with solid size, speed, and upside. Stays with assignments, tracks the pass in the air, and displays a burst to the ball out of his plant. Battles receivers throughout the action and works to get his head back around, then positions himself to defend the throw. Fights hard to make his way up the field, defending running plays or screen passes.
Weaknesses: Must be more consistent with his backpedal. Slow reacting to receivers’ moves off the line. Tends to lose a sense of where he is in relation to the receiver he’s covering.
Overall: Ivey is an athletic prospect who flashed ability but never truly elevated his game or played at a consistently high level. He possesses an upside and is worth keeping on a practice squad.
DJ Scaife Jr., G
Strengths: Durable blocker who was used at multiple OL positions for Miami. Quickly sets up off the snap, stays square, and anchors at the point. Nasty blocker who keeps his feet moving, gets his hands up, and works to take opponents out. Effective position blocker.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t bend his knees or block with leverage. Struggles to adjust. Lacks footwork in space.
Overall: Scaife was a hard-working blocker on the college level who filled in at a variety of spots when needed. He comes with poor athleticism as well as average size, but more than anything else, Scaife doesn’t block with leverage, which will kill his potential at the next level.
Justice Oluwaseun, G
Strengths: UNLV transfer who bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and fires off the snap. Keeps his feet moving, shows explosion at the point, and gets his hands into defenders. Stays square and turns defenders from the action or seals them from plays altogether.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t get much movement run blocking. Lacks bulk. Struggles to adjust. Coming off an injury-shortened season.
Overall: Oluwaseun showed improvement in his game last season before getting injured. He possesses solid size and growth potential, as well as long arms. He has an upside and should be given practice-squad consideration.
Mitchell Agude, DE
Strengths: Well-traveled collegiate defensive end with average size. Plays with outstanding lean, gets leverage on opponents, and works his hands throughout the action. Moves well around the field, slides down the line of scrimmage, and gives effort defending the run. Chases the action to the flanks, plays faster than his 40 time, and makes the tackle in space. Fires off the snap and quickly closes to the action.
Weaknesses: Easily taken from the play by a single blocker. Lacks true pursuit speed. May not have a position at the next level.
Overall: Agude was a hard-working defender who got the most from his ability at Miami, yet he lacks the athleticism and numbers to play on Sundays.
Tyrique Stevenson, CB
Strengths: Tall, athletic defensive back who flashes brilliance. Displays good awareness, quickly locates the ball, and is fast moving in any direction. Smooth and fluid, quick flipping his hips, and has a nice move to the throw.
Stays with receivers on crossing patterns, tracks the pass in the air, and has an explosive burst to the ball out of his plant. Gives effort against the run and drives his shoulders through ball handlers. Swift and agile.
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Weaknesses: Sits in his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle downfield. Lacks balance and can be all over the place. Showed flashes rather than consistent playmaking.
Overall: Stevenson first caught my eye three years ago when he played in Georgia’s talented Georgia. He flashed a lot of ability after transferring to Miami, as he did during Senior Bowl practices, and you’re able to see the upside. That being the case, Stevenson must polish his ball skills and fundamentals if he’s to have the career at the next level everyone expects.
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Will Mallory, TE
Strengths: Hard-working tight end with a solid game. Quickly gets off the snap into blocks, keeps his feet moving, and stays square. Does enough to disrupt opponents from the action as a blocker. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes and displays eye/hand coordination.
Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and reaches back to grab the ball from the air. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame. Competes to come away with the difficult grab and makes the catch in contorted positions. Ran well at the Combine but plays to one speed and lacks a burst on the field.
Weaknesses: Plays to one speed and lacks a burst. Doesn’t get much movement run blocking. Dropped a lot of passes during Senior Bowl practices.
Overall: Mallory was a consistent tight end at Miami the past four years. He’s effective enough in all aspects of the TE position to be the third man on the depth chart at the next level, though Mallory lacks great upside.