Five University of Miami football players have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held from Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Hurricane invitees: cornerback Artie Burns, safety Deon Bush, inside linebacker Raphael Kirby, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu and wide receiver Rashawn Scott.
All were seniors this past season except for Burns, who was a junior and declared for the draft as an underclassman.
NFL.com rates the 6-0, 197-pound Burns, who led the ACC with six interceptions this past season (most by a Hurricane since Sean Taylor’s 10 in 2003), with the highest grades among the Hurricanes.
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“Premium athlete with long, angular build and preferred blend of size and speed,’’ his analysis begins. “One of the top 60-meter hurdlers in college track and field. Wakes up every morning with natural ball skills to flip the field.’’
His weakness, according to NFL.com: “Tape isn’t his best friend. Extremely raw and undisciplined…’’
NFL.com’s “bottom line’’ on Kirby: “Undersized with average athleticism, Kirby is a try-hard linebacker with good football character but only moderate production at best during his time at ‘The U’.”
Kirby, one of the most respected UM players, likely won’t let naysayers deter him.
There was no analysis of Kamalu and Scott.
For those who follow the Combine, here is the schedule of events.