Nine former University of Miami football players will have the chance to impress scouts ahead of the NFL Draft at the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Miami’s contingent is tied with Florida State for the fifth-largest by a single school this season. National champion Alabama leads the way with 14 players invited to the combine, followed by Ohio State (11), LSU (10) and national runner-up Georgia (10).
Miami’s invitees (in alphabetical order): kicker Michael Badgley, wide receiver Braxton Berrios, cornerback Dee Delaney, tight end Chris Herndon, guard Kc McDermott, defensive tackles R.J. McIntosh and Kendrick Norton, defensive end Chad Thomas and running back Mark Walton.
For five of the former Hurricane players, this will be a second or third chance to perform in front of scouts. Badgley, Berrios and Thomas all competed at the Senior Bowl in January. Thomas also joined Delaney and McDermott at the East-West Shrine Game.
It will also be the first chance for Walton and Herndon to compete since suffering season-ending injuries during the Hurricanes’ run last year that ended in an Orange Bowl berth.
Florida State’s group is highlighted by safety Derwin James, a likely first-round pick. The rest of the Seminoles’ invitees include tight end Ryan Izzo, tackle Rick Leonard, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, linebacker Jake Pugh, defensive end Josh Sweat, wide receiver Auden Tate and linebacker Matthew Thomas.
The Florida Gators have six invitees, including potential first-round pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan, wide receiver Antonio Callaway, cornerback Duke Dawson, safety Marcell Harris, kicker Eddy Pineiro and punter Johnny Townsend.
The University of Central Florida, which is coming off a perfect 13-0 season, has four players going to the combine: tight end Jordan Akins, linebacker Shaquem Griffin, cornerback Mike Hughes and wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith.
The combine runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.