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Miami Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Former Hurricanes

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVOctober 14, 2016

Miami Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Former Hurricanes

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    Seantrel Henderson (right) was an above-average performer at the combine.
    Seantrel Henderson (right) was an above-average performer at the combine.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Five former Miami Hurricanes participated in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine during the weekend of Feb. 22 to 23, and as expected, the final results were both good and bad.

    Quarterback Stephen Morris, wide receiver Allen Hurns, offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder and punter Pat O'Donnell were tested throughout a variety of position drills and workouts.

    Every NFL franchise was present at Lucas Oil Stadium, keeping a close eye on the middle- and late-round prospects from "The U."

    But did the former Miami players impress the scouts, or are their respective draft stocks taking a tumble?

Stephen Morris, Quarterback

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    To be blunt, Stephen Morris' stock has bottomed out. Bleacher Report NFL Draft Columnist Dan Hope thought Morris was "clearly the worst" during the position drills.

    Morris posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash by a quarterback, which certainly counts for something, but it's not an overwhelming plus, especially considering the preceding statement.

    Of any coach who might fix on Morris, look for former Miami offensive coordinator and current Jacksonville Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch to come calling.

    But don't bet the house on a magical transformation either.

    Grade: D

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.63 seconds

    Bench Press: Not listed

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.49 seconds

    3-Cone Drill: 7.36 seconds

    Vertical Jump: 30"

    Broad Jump: 111"

Allen Hurns, Wide Receiver

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Allen Hurns was not expected to "wow" scouts at the combine, and he definitely did not. Hurns is considered to be on the fringe of just being draftable, and his performance at Lucas Oil reinforced that sentiment.

    Despite his breakout senior season, Hurns was strictly average in strength tests compared to his counterparts, and his quickness workouts were well below combine average. 

    Hurns' pro prospects are reliant on his crisp route running and reliable hands, so ultimately, he needs to catch everything at the Miami pro day.

    Grade: C

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.55 seconds

    Bench Press: 14 reps

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 seconds

    3-Cone Drill: 7.23 seconds

    Vertical Jump: 31"

    Broad Jump: 120"

Seantrel Henderson, Offensive Tackle

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Call it the "Curious Case of Seantrel Henderson."

    Henderson failed to meet lofty expectations at Miami, yet the offensive tackle is still one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2014 draft.

    The 6'7", 331-pound lineman ran the 40-yard dash in a blistering-for-his-size 5.04 seconds, which surprised Doug Kyed of the New England Sports Network. Kyed noted the time was impressive because "men that big shouldn't run that fast," and overall, Henderson "has looked much better at the combine without pads on."

    Of course, the latter is exactly what Hurricanes fans heard throughout his time in Coral Gables. Regardless, barring a travesty at the Miami pro day, Henderson will be the highest-selected former 'Cane in May.

    Grade: B+

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 5.04 seconds

    Bench Press: Did not participate

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.77 seconds

    3-Cone Drill: 8.15 seconds

    Vertical Jump: 24"

    Broad Jump: 95"

Brandon Linder, Offensive Guard

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    After a less-than-stellar Senior Bowl performance, Brandon Linder posted forgettable workouts at the combine and did not stand out during position drills.

    Though Linder bench-pressed 30 times, earning a tie for the fifth-most reps by a lineman, that's where the promising results both begin and end.

    Linder's versatility along the line may help him in May, but just like Hurns, Linder will be sweating out the final round of the draft, hoping to hear his name called.

    Grade: C-

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 5.35 seconds

    Bench Press: 30 reps

    20-Yard Shuttle: Did not participate

    3-Cone Drill: Did not participate

    Vertical Jump: 26.5"

    Broad Jump: 100"

Pat O'Donnell, Punter

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    Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

    Pat O'Donnell was flat-out impressive at the combine.

    O'Donnell led all specialists in three categories, including a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, which was a full tenth of a second faster than expected.

    He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 23 times, which created a hubbub when elite prospect Jadeveon Clowney fell short of that mark. While noteworthy, the comparison was interesting but not very relevant because Clowney has extremely lengthy arms.

    Returning to the point, O'Donnell was easily the best-performing specialist at the combine, but he is fighting against the fact that few punters are drafted.

    However, it doesn't mean the scouts failed to take notice of O'Donnell.

    Grade: A

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.54 seconds

    Bench Press: 23 reps

    20-Yard Shuttle: Not listed

    3-Cone Drill: Not listed

    Vertical Jump: 30.5"

    Broad Jump: Not listed

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