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UM’s Artie Burns runs 4.46 40-yard dash at NFL Scouting Combine

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Artie Burns runs a drill Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Miami Hurricanes defensive back Artie Burns runs a drill Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. AP

Monday marked the end of the NFL Scouting Combine for the five Miami Hurricanes who were invited to participate in the week-long event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

On the final day, UM’s two top prospects — cornerback Artie Burns and safety Deon Bush — had their workouts.

Burns, the only Hurricane underclassman in this year’s NFL Draft, took part in two events — the 40-yard dash and vertical jump. His 4.46 best in the 40 tied him with Maryland’s Sean Davis for sixth among cornerbacks.

“You can’t measure his passion and his heart,” NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders said just seconds before Burns ran his first 40, “but it should account for much. I cannot wait to see him perform.”

The 6-0, 193-pound Burns, last week projected by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. to be taken late in the first round, didn’t run as fast as some might have expected — he was a national track star growing up —but still has an opportunity to perform on campus March 30 at UM Pro Day.

The fastest 40 time at the combine was recorded by Georgia running back Keith Marshall in 4.31 seconds. The fastest cornerback was Jonathan Jones of Auburn in 4.33.

Burns’ vertical was 31.5 inches.

Bush, a 6-0, 199-pound senior, ran a 4.64 best Monday in the 40 and did 17 bench-press reps (225 pounds). His vertical leap was 5 ½ inches better than Burns’ — 36 inches. His broad jump was 123 inches. Before the Combine, projected Bush as “an NFL backup or special teams potential.”

Last week, UM receiver Rashawn Scott, 6-1 and 199 pounds, did 17 reps of his bench press, jumped 32.5 inches vertically and reached 116 inches with his broad jump. He did not run the 40.

Defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu, 6-5 and 295 pounds, was the only Hurricane to take part in all six workouts at the Combine. He ran the 40 in 5.01, had 26 bench-press reps, jumped 106 inches, did the three-cone drill in 7.32 seconds and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.58 seconds.

And Raphael Kirby, 6-0 and 236 pounds, who tore the ACL in his right knee in October, excelled in the bench press — his only event — by finishing second among linebackers with 27 reps. The Combine leader among linebackers was Christian Westerman of Arizon State, with 34.


UM confirmed Monday that Adrian Colbert, a 6-1, 206-pound safety who plans to earn his undergraduate degree at Texas in May, has signed an athletic financial-aid agreement and will transfer to Miami as a graduate student and play his last season with the Hurricanes in 2016.

Colbert was a four-star recruit out of Mineral Wells High in Texas. He committed to former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz — now UM’s defensive coordinator — as part of the 2012 signing class. He had 26 tackles and one interception in 26 games his redshirt freshman and sophomore years. He played in 12 games last season but registered no statistics.

Susan Miller Degnan: 305-376-3366, @smillerdegnan

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