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K.J. Osborn is impressing at the 2020 NFL Combine

The ‘Canes senior has proven hard work does pay off at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis

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For all of the transfer portal hoopla surrounding Tate Martell and Trevon Hill, K.J. Osborn came to Miami via Buffalo and was an instant success story for the Hurricanes. Osborn transferred to Miami for more NFL Draft exposure at a Power 5 school and was hindered by the bad game planning and poor quarterback performance of Dan Enos, Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry, respectively.

Even with the flaws in the Dan Enos offense, Osborne was still able to look solid in the ACC. After averaging 13.1, 14.1 and 16.8 yards per catch in the MAC, Osborn only averaged 10.9 yards a catch in the ACC. Throughout his four year career as a major player he averaged 14 yards per catch and scored a total of 18 touchdowns (1 rushing, 17 receiving). Five of those touchdown receptions came at Miami in 2019.

More surprising was his ability in the punt return game. Osborn stole the return job from another Miami NFL Combine invitee, Jeff Thomas, and never looked back. Osborn averaged 15.9 yards per return for the ‘Canes and 20.1 yards per kick off return in 2019, too. His return skills mixed with soft hands and an intense work ethic give him a leg up on other wide receivers in the draft.

His measurables are proving to be fantastic in Indianapolis, too. At the 2020 NFL Draft Combine, Osborn measured in at five-foot-eleven, 203 pounds. Osborn was clocked at a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash which will put him in the upper echelon of receivers. With a 37.5 inch vertical jump and 18 reps in the bench press, you can tell that Osborn has worked hard and been well prepared for the biggest job interview of his young life.