NFL history is littered with Miami greats. In fact, the last time the Hurricanes didn’t have a player drafted was in 1974. For the 2021 NFL Draft, another promising group of prospects will be on show at Miami’s Pro Day.
Miami finished the 2020 season with an 8-3 record. Manny Diaz’s team ended the year 18th in the College Football Playoff rankings. They participated in the Cheez-It Bowl, where they were defeated 37-34 by Oklahoma State.
When is Miami’s Pro Day in 2021?
The pro day for the Miami Hurricanes will take place on March 29.
Top Miami prospects working out at pro day
Defensive end Gregory Rousseau rose to national prominence with a highly impressive 2019 season. After redshirting as a freshman, he made the most of his first year as a starter. He registered 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in just 13 games.
Like many top prospects, however, Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season, and scouts will have to make their evaluations based on one year of play.
In his scouting report, Pro Football Network Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline was full of praise. Pauline believes that, “Rousseau is a natural pass rusher who creates a lot of havoc off the edge and up the field. He was relentless in pursuit of opposing quarterbacks and impossible to stop at times. He will struggle holding the point at the next level and must fill out his tall, thin frame as well as improve the details of his position, but Rousseau comes with tremendous upside and should make an impact as a rookie rushing the passer.”
Rousseau currently ranks 21st on Pauline’s big board. He’s the top-rated Miami prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Defensive end Jaelan Phillips has had a unique path to the draft. A five-star recruit, Phillips originally committed to UCLA, but his college football career never really got going. After two seasons and multiple concussions, Phillips was forced to retire from football. He didn’t spend a long time away from the sport, however.
Jaelan Phillips soon transferred to Miami, where he had 8 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. After one season with the Miami Hurricanes, he declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pauline notes that “Phillips was given the opportunity to step into the starting lineup after Gregory Rousseau opted out of the season, and he made the most of his chance. He’s a terrific athlete with natural pass-rushing skills as well as growth potential. If Phillips passes medical checks and stays healthy, he offers great upside and should only improve as he physically matures and adds bulk and strength to his frame.”
Phillips currently ranks 34th on Pauline’s big board.
Tight end Brevin Jordan is battling to be the second player taken at the position after Kyle Pitts. His role increased steadily every season in Miami, culminating in his junior season. Jordan had 38 catches for 576 yards and 7 touchdowns, earning All-ACC honors for the third consecutive year.
Pauline believes that “Jordan is an athletic pass-catching tight end who holds his own as a blocker and has shown consistent development in his game. Well-versed in all areas of the position, Jordan should only get better with time and can develop into a No. 1 tight end at the next level.”
Jordan ranks 96th on Pauline’s big board ahead of Miami’s 2021 Pro Day.
Rousseau, Phillips, and Jordan aren’t the only Miami Hurricanes prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, though. Defensive end Quincy Roche and kicker Jose Borregales have also declared and will hope to hear their names called.
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