Miami Football: Complete NFL Combine Results for Former Canes
The Miami Hurricanes only had two players in the 2013 NFL Combine this weekend, Mike James and Brandon McGee.
James was given a pre-grade score of 52.0—meaning "draftable player" according to the NFL grading system. Scouts basically said he had a good, strong frame with good balance but lacked breakaway speed and explosiveness.
The lack of explosiveness was evident when James finished last of all the running backs with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.62—the best time was 4.02. James didn't participate in the 3 cone drill or 60 yard shuttle.
James' 40-yard dash time of 4.53 surprised me as I was certain it would have been in the upper 4.5 to 4.6 range. It wasn't the best time of all the RB's (No. 8) but solid for a running back coming in at 223 pounds.
Where James really impressed was on the bench press when he posted a third-best 28 reps. Only Tommy Bohanon (36) and Knile Davis (31) did better.
James finished his day with a 35" vertical jump (No. 8) and a 115" broad jump (No. 24). There were a total of 38 running backs invited although many of them skipped individual events.
McGee on the other hand was given a pre-grade score of 61.0—also meaning "draftable player" according to the NFL grading system. The scouts stated that McGee was a fast with quick feet but lacked ball-hawking ability and strength.
McGee started the combine running a 4.40/40—fifth-best of all the defensive backs and tied for the eleventh-best of all the players. He also was a "top performer" in the 3 cone drill where he rocked a fourth-best 6.71 seconds.
When it came to speed, McGee wasn't finished as he nailed the twelfth-best 20 yard shuttle with a time of 4.18 seconds.
He did not run the 60-yard shuttle.
The scouts were also dead-on when they said that McGee lacked strength as he was only able to post 14 reps on the bench press.
Jumping wasn't McGee's specialty either posting a 33" vertical and 119" broad jump. Both of them placing him the lower half of the defensive backs.
So when it was all said and done, both McGee and James held their own throughout the day. In my honest opinion, both players will be drafted.
It's just a matter of when.
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