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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: DB Adrian Colbert

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After a solid senior year, Adrian Colbert sets his sights on the NFL

NCAA Football: Florida A&M at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Measurements: Six foot, 205 pounds

Hometown: Mineral Wells, Texas

High School: A two-sport athlete (track and field, football) during his days at Mineral Wells High School (TX), Adrian Colbert was a star safety and was also featured heavily on offense.

NCAA Football: Russell Athletic Bowl-West Virginia vs Miami Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Days

Recruited by a couple of coaches (Manny Diaz and Ephraim Banda), Adrian Colbert decided enroll at the University of Miami as a graduate transfer. Having played most of his career as a safety, Colbert switched to cornerback in his only season with the Hurricanes.

Colbert is on the taller end of the spectrum regarding defensive backs. What is more intriguing is his versatility. He has the strength and fearlessness to take on the run game, as well as the intelligence and speed to cover and recover in the open field. The stat sheet doesn’t reflect the impact Colbert had on Miami’s secondary, as the Hurricanes’ safety duo of Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter got most of the love. With number one corner Corn Elder beloved by many, Colbert fought hard for playing time and respect from his peers and the fanbase. Colbert’s stat line for his 2016 season reads 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 pass break ups, and an interception.

Colbert missed a couple of games in 2016 after tearing his meniscus in practice after the first game of the season. He would return just a couple of weeks later. However, he would go down again in the closing moments of his best game as a Hurricane, against Notre Dame, with a broken forearm. Due to his toughness and Wolverine-esque healing ability, Colbert was able to return for the Russell Athletic Bowl game, where he put together a solid performance (four tackles, one TFL) to help Miami win its first bowl game in almost a decade.

After the season, Colbert was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl along with fellow Hurricane Marquez Williams. Colbert astounded those on hand at Miami’s Pro Day when he was timed as posting a 4.38 second 40-yard dash. Others on hand clocked the time at 4.44. Colbert put the bar up for 10 reps on the bench press, jumped 33 inches in the vertical, and had a nine foot nine jump in the broad jump. Holding up well during the drill portion of the workout, Colbert is a ‘Cane who made the most of the opportunity to showcase himself in front of the 32 representatives from across the NFL.

Texas Days

During his time in Texas, Colbert served as a special teams maven and also did spot duty at safety. After redshirting his freshman year, Colbert earned playing time first through the special teams route and then by garnering meaningful defensive snaps.

UT Career stat line: 26 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass break up, 1 QB hurry

Best Game Film

Miami Hurricanes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, October, 29 2016

Six tackles, one tackle for loss, and three pass break ups

Cool Facts

  • Four-year letterman in track and field at Mineral Wells High School
  • Played TE and was a key kick returner in high school
  • Was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 member

There are sleepers in every draft, guys who get passed over in the evaluation process for one reason or another. Adrian Colbert has the physical tools to be an immediate contributor for a pro team. As he illustrated in his one year at Miami, he’s willing and able to do what’s asked of him, whether it be drop back in zone, hand fight at the line of scrimmage, or stay out on an island. While he will need to get acclimated to the speed of the NFL, he should star on special teams this fall as his game develops.