Below are notable Miami Hurricanes players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Hurricanes have a very talented roster from top to bottom in Coach Richt’s second year with the program; Quarterback play remains one of the few wildcards for the team’s success in 2017.
Running Back Mark Walton – 5100, 195 – Junior
Walton beat out fellow RB Joe Yearby for the starting gig in 2016 and rushed for over 1100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Walton is a tough runner who checks a lot of boxes; yet he doesn’t necessarily have that elite trait to hang his hat on. A very solid runner.
Tight End Chris Herndon IV – 6040, 245 – Senior
Herndon may not be a David Njoku level athlete, but that isn’t to say he’s not a great athlete in his own right. Herndon split time with Njoku in 2016 but was actually a consistent in the starting lineup; he was credited with 12 starts last year. Herndon moves well in space and has soft hands; traits that will get him some close looks in 2017.
Center Nick Linder – 6030, 298 – Senior
Linder hopes to follow his older brother, Brandon, to the NFL after this season. Nick is a well entrenched starter for the Hurricanes and his experience should help ease a new QB into the unit this year. Linder’s assessment rides on showing a better anchor and some cleaner strike mechanics to establish first contact in 2017.
Offensive Guard KC McDermott – 6070, 300 – Senior
Defensive End Chad Thomas – 6060, 275 – Senior
Thomas took a big step forward in being a productive member of the defensive line unit last year; tallying 11 tackles for loss after having just 2.5 in his first 25 career games. Thomas is a big, long body on the edge and has shown positive awareness against the run; but needs to get a little more creative as a pass rusher to add that next layer to his game.
Defensive Tackle Kendrick Norton – 6030, 312 – Junior
Norton was a new addition to the starting lineup last year but had dominating flashes of play on film. His functional strength is tremendous and he pairs that with heavy hands to reset the line of scrimmage and be a presence at the point of attack. Like Thomas, adding some more pass rush prowess would yield terrifying results for fellow ACC offensive linemen.
Defensive Tackle RJ McIntosh – 6040, 293 – Junior
The Hurricanes’ interior will be stout with McIntosh paired next to the previously mentioned Norton. McIntosh is a well built, athletic defender. His best reps in first passing came on slash/penetration reps.