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5 Hurricanes that could leave early for the 2019 NFL Draft

5 ‘Canes could chase their pro dreams as underclassmen

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The Miami Hurricanes have had players leaving early that have been drafted later than I’m sure they anticipated over the last two drafts. With that being said, there are five underclassmen that could leave early for the 2019 NFL Draft on the current Miami Hurricanes roster. Positions that often leave early are running backs and defensive backs because there’s a premium on speed and athleticism in the NFL.

Here are five ‘Canes that might leave early for the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Travis Homer

Travis Homer came to Miami with high expectations as a four-star recruit from the Oxbridge Academy in Florida. Homer has NFL size at 5’11 and 195 pounds and his ESPN recruiting profile says he runs a 4.48 in the 40 yard dash (adjust that to 4.55 or so). As a replacement starter in 2017, Homer ran for over 900 yards and 7 touchdowns on 6.0 yards per carry.

Strengths: Nice mix of size and speed with a hard running style.

Room for Improvement: Needs to be more involved in pass protection and in the passing game as a receiver to show three down polish.

Should he leave early? Yes. If Homer has his degree and can put up a full season as a starter he needs to leave early. Running backs have a short shelf life, especially with his running style.


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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson signed with Miami out of Gulliver Prep as a four-star strong side defensive end. Jackson is a 6’5 260 pound defensive end that has logged 21 tackles for loss and fourteen sacks in two seasons of college football. Per ESPN’s recruiting profile, Jackson ran a 4.83 in the 40 yard dash and he will be one of those Combine freaks that has a long frame and runs a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash.

Strengths: Has shown pass rush ability but also plays strong against the run.

Room for Improvement: Needs to add healthy weight without losing his speed.

Should he leave early? No. I’m not for defensive linemen leaving early unless they’re Jadeveon Clowney and Jackson shouldn’t leave early either.


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Michael Pinckney

Michael Pinckney is a 6’1 220 pound inside linebacker that has totaled 18.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 129 tackles in two years as as starter. Pinckney has played in twenty-six games as a three-star recruit from Raines High School in Jacksonville, FL. Pinckney has a wild edge to him if you’ve seen his Twitter. Pinckney is due a breakout season alongside junior linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.

Strengths: He has an aggressive style of play and tackles well in the box.

Room for Improvement: Needs to improve his pass defense and tackling in space.

Should he leave early? No. He’s undersized for an inside linebacker and doesn’t cover the pass well enough to play outside. He needs the extra season.


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Shaquille Quarterman

Shaq Quarterman has been a two-year starter for the Hurricanes and enters his junior season with much hype to live up to his vast potential. Quarterman, like Pinckney, was pushed into a starting role as a true freshman. At 6’1 and 240 pounds, Quarterman is a little short for the NFL’s preferences but has the bulk to take on offensive linemen. The former four-star from Oak Leaf High School has logged 167 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6 sacks in his college career.

Strengths: He’s a sure tackler and a team leader which means a lot for NFL GM’s.

Room for Improvement: Needs to improve his Football IQ, and his pass coverage.

Should he leave early? Yes. If Quarterman can improve his consistency and pass coverage ability he’s a day two draftee.


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Ahmmon Richards

After a break out freshman campaign Richards struggled with a hamstring injury and the drops in 2017. Richards is a deep threat that NFL teams love to counter off of their bigger possession receivers. At 6’1 and 190 pounds he has enough size and his 18.8 yards per reception show his deep threat ability. His ESPN recruiting profile says he ran a 4.68 in the 40 but I would project more like a 4.48 if he’s healthy at the NFL Combine.

Strengths: He has height at 6’1 and speed which is a draftable combination.

Room for Improvement: Needs to stay healthy and cut down the drops.

Should he leave early? No. Richards needs to add polish and show he’s an elite receiver. Staying for his senior year would be a smart choice.