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‘Canes 2017 NFL Scouting Combine: Day 3 Review

Al-Quadin Muhammad’s path to redemption

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Sunday did not feature live game action, however it was the first time that DL Al-Quadin Muhammad returned to the spotlight in quite some time.

AQM’s career at Miami was rocky at best. Having been suspended numerous times for reasons academic reasons, missing the entire 2014 season after a physical altercation, and ultimately being dismissed from the team before 2016 due to a scandal, AQM can be a polarizing figure to some.

His two seasons, (really just 2015) of play was good enough to entice NFL personnel to extend an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine this year.

Sunday’s workout was a mixed bag for UM’s 2015 sack leader (8.5).

Bench Press: 22 reps

40 Yard-Dash: 4.88 official (4.89 unofficial)

Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches

Broad Jump: 117 inches (9.75 feet)

The marks that AQM set were about average in comparison to the rest of the group. Given that he’s 6’3 and weighing only 253 pounds, the expectation was that he would run a bit faster than a 4.8 for player considered as an edge-rusher. Good pass-rushers have turned in 40 times that are in the 4.8 range (former NFL DPLOY Terrell Suggs ran an 8.4) it’s tough to find a comparison at the moment for AQM.

He did perform better in the on-field drills, striking and stack against bags, change-of-direction and dropping back into coverage.

We should expect another go at the 40 come pro day at month’s end to see if a second or a couple tenths of a second can be shaved off his time.

Coffee’s for Closers

Miami v Georgia Tech Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

The final day of the Scouting Combine belongs to the defensive backs. Meaning that CB Corn Elder, S Rayshawn Jenkins and S Jamal Carter will run their 40’s, mimic their drops and backpedal to elevate their draft stock Monday morning.