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Predicting Former Miami Players' 2014 NFL Combine Performances

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2014

Predicting Former Miami Players' 2014 NFL Combine Performances

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    With a solid combine performance, Allen Hurns will prove he is worth a draft pick.
    With a solid combine performance, Allen Hurns will prove he is worth a draft pick.Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    The 2014 NFL Combine will take place on Feb. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and five former Miami Hurricanes will participate during the event.

    Four offensive playersquarterback Stephen Morris, wide receiver Allen Hurns and offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder—will represent the 'Canes, while punter Pat O'Donnell rounds out the group.

    The five teammates will be tested using speed, strength, agility and position-specific drills, including a 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle run, three-cone drill, bench press and others. For this preview, however, the 40-yard time and bench press reps are main focuses, and a prospective stock up/stock down is added.

    In recent years, Miami has not seen much draft success, considering the Hurricanes have not had a first-round pick since Kenny Phillips in 2008.

    While that trend is very unlikely to change this year, the difference between being selected during a middle round instead of a later pick will be influenced by each player's performance at the combine.

    Note: All quotes obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Morris, Quarterback

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    Stephen Morris' disappointing Senior Bowl continued to damage his pro prospects.
    Stephen Morris' disappointing Senior Bowl continued to damage his pro prospects.John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

    Prior to the 2013 season, Stephen Morris was heralded as a potential early-round pick, and in August,'s Bucky Brooks said the two-year starter had the "look of an NFL franchise quarterback."

    But following a season plagued by inconsistency, Morris' draft stock has absolutely plummeted. Additionally, according to Bleacher Report's Scott Polacek, the 6'2" gunslinger performed poorly at the Senior Bowl, which dropped him even further down the rankings.

    To bolster his waning desirability—even if he is considered a project player at this pointMorris needs to show consistent accuracy at the combine.



    40-Yard Time: 4.62

    Bench Press Reps: 13

    Stock Up/Down: Neutral

Allen Hurns, Wide Receiver

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    Hurns made some outstanding catches near the sideline, including this gem against Florida State.
    Hurns made some outstanding catches near the sideline, including this gem against Florida State.Phil Sears/Associated Press

    Allen Hurns is far from being a star wide receiver, but he certainly was an impactful one as a senior.

    Despite Morris' struggles, Hurns put together a record-setting season, catching 62 passes for a school-best 1,162 yards and six touchdowns. Hurns tallied at least 80 receiving yards in nine games, including six 100-yard performances.

    At the combine, Hurns will not dazzle during the basic tests—meaning the 40-yard dash, shuttle and bench workouts. Position-specific drills are going to be Hurns' most important sessions because the wideout will be able to show off his route-running ability and sure hands.

    Currently, Hurns is an end-of-draft prospect, so a great combine would move him into the sixth round at best.



    40-Yard Time: 4.49

    Bench Press Reps: 16

    Stock Up/Down: Stock Up

Seantrel Henderson, Offensive Tackle

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    For better or worse, the Seantrel Henderson era has ended at Miami.
    For better or worse, the Seantrel Henderson era has ended at Miami.Phil Sears/Associated Press

    Similar to Morris, Seantrel Henderson had the potential to be an early-round pick, but the fourth or fifth round is more realistic at this point.

    The biggest problem surrounding the massive lineman is his inconsistency. Henderson has the physical tools to be selected on the first or second day, but his game tape simply does not suggest the same.

    Henderson failed to back up his 5-star ranking out of high school, but he has another opportunity to prove he is deserving of a mid-round spot, possibly even as high as the third.

    And once again, a handful of scouts will leave Indy enamored with Henderson, and his draft stock should rise. Remember, all it takes is one team to feel that way.



    40-Yard Time: 5.18

    Bench Press Reps: 27

    Stock Up/Down: Stock Up

Brandon Linder, Offensive Guard

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    Brandon Linder via 247Sports
    Brandon Linder via 247Sports247Sports

    Brandon Linder proved to be one of the Hurricanes' more versatile linemen, starting at both tackle and guard last season.

    With that being said, the team's 2013 Offensive MVP is fighting an uphill battle.

    Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, in his most recent mock draft, projected Linder to be drafted during the seventh round. When asked if Linder could improve his stock at the combine, Miller said, "Honestly, no. He's a marginal guard who got beat up a lot in Mobile [at the Senior Bowl]."

    Ultimately, Linder is a fringe prospect who can only sustain his stock, but a poor showing would completely damage any hopes of being drafted.



    40-Yard Time: 5.23

    Bench Press Reps: 41

    Stock Up/Down: Neutral

Pat O'Donnell, Punter

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    Pat O'Donnell handled kickoff duties for the 'Canes, too.
    Pat O'Donnell handled kickoff duties for the 'Canes, too.Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

    Pat O'Donnell was among the most important new players for Miami in 2013.

    The former Cincinnati punter blasted his way to a 47.1-yard-per-punt average with a long of 71 yards, proceeding to smash ex-Cane Matt Bosher's record of 44.0 yards in 2010. 

    Problem is, O'Donnell was a graduate transfer, so he is now taking his rocket leg to the next level.

    Only a handful of punters hear their name called, but an NFL team may take a chance at locking up O'Donnell before he hits the free agent market.



    40-Yard Time: 4.68

    Bench Press Reps: 25

    Stock Up/Down: Neutral

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