Congratulations to both young men.
Both Burns and Bush have put tons of hard work into their careers, as well as had to overcome on and off the field adversity (Burns mother passing last season and Bush's father's battle with liver cancer).
So it is certainly nice to see their dreams fulfilled.
How might each fit in at the next level?
Burns is obviously a lock to make the Steelers.
He'll have to compete with 2nd round pick and fellow CB Seth Davis of Maryland for reps and possibly a starting spot.
His athleticism gives him a leg up. But he will need to be less "handsy" in the pros to avoid penalties and take his game up a notch.
Look for Burns to start the season as a #3 type, but slowly work his way into the starting line-up.
The former track star should also make an immediate impact on Mike Tomlin's ST units, something he also excelled at UM.
Bush too, will need to make an impact on coverage units.
But he too, could start right away.
The Bears are starved for playmakers at DB. Bush was one of three players they selected in the draft that are listed as defensive backs. Deandre Houston-Carson of William and Mary being the other S.
Chicago also cut former Hurricanes star Antrel Rolle this weekend.
This leaves the door wide open for the former Columbus H.S. star to see tons of action in the Windy City.
Bush has a better than 50/50 shot to be a starter this season in my opinion.
Good luck to both players.
Several other 'Canes will have to make it the hard way as unrestricted free agents.
Let's take a look at the UM players who will be fighting the odds to make squads during training camp:
Tracy Howard, Cleveland Browns - Howard has all the talent in the world, and comes to a Browns team that was awful last season at CB (despite boasting Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert). He'll need to show that he can overcome his propensity to face guard (Sam Shields anyone?) and make plays on the ball, to make the team. I give Howard a 60% chance of making it, given the situation he steps into and his athletic prowess. Coaching will be key.
Tyriq McCord, Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers love developing edge pass rushers. But they already have pretty good depth behind Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree. The irony here, is that McCord might have to unseat former Hurricane Anthony Chickillo to make it as a depth OLB. Chick has more ideal size, but TM has the better burst. I put his odds of sticking at right about 40%.
Ufomba Kamalu, Houston Texans - In good news, he gets to watch JJ Watt everyday in practice, and that's never a bad thing. Also, Houston could use a little youth up front and Kamalu has excellent size and strength to fit their 3-4 scheme at DE. He'll need to turn heads in camp, but this one feels kind of right. I give Kamalu a 55% chance of sticking.
Calvin Heurtelou, Denver Broncos - Heurtelou occasionally showed some chops at UM as a run stuffer. But frankly speaking, he never looked or felt like anything close to an NFL player. I give this one less than 10%.
Herb Waters, Green Bay Packers - Waters could not have possibly stepped into a better situation. Green Bay had tons of injuries and issues at wide out last season. And oh yeah they have that Aaron Rodgers guy. Waters can play both the slot and on the outside. His lack of consistent production at Miami likely cost him being picked, but he's good enough to play at this level. Waters will have to show some on ST and beat out guys like Jeff Janis and 6th rd pick Trevor Davis of Cal to make it. But I give him a 60% chance to make it at minimum on the Pack's practice squad.
Rashawn Scott, Miami Dolphins - Can Scott stick and get a chance to play in the NFL in the very stadium he played at in college? Pretty good chance it happens. Devante Parker was a high pick last season, so Scott is going to be battling for #4 or #5 status. And he has to show his late season senior drops were an aberration. But guys with his size, speed, and route running abilities do not usually go undrafted. Let us not forget the show he put on this season Vs #5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey of FSU. I think Scott has a 65+ % chance of making the Phins.
What do you think 'Canes fans?
Which UM players have the best shot to make it in the NFL?
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