Canes Shine at Pro Day: Monday, March 29, was a huge day for many of the Miami Hurricanes players that are moving onto the next level next month, looking to impress NFL teams before the draft.
Miami held their pro day with many top players participating, including defensive ends Gregory Rousseau and Jaelen Phillips. To go along with the defensive player’s tight end Brevin Jordan and kicker Jose Borregales also were showcasing their talents.
All of the Hurricanes are expected to be drafted in the first five rounds, with Rousseau and Phillips potential first-rounders.
Rousseau entered the 2020 NCAA football season as one of the most highly anticipated defensive line prospects to take the field. Unfortunately for scouts and college football fans, Rousseau did not suit up in 2020, opting out of the season due to Covid-19. By not playing in the season, Rousseau missed out on an opportunity to showcase his talents once again but made the decision based on health. Miami’s pro day was an opportunity for Rousseau to be seen by scouts and coaches across the league.
Rousseau is a massive lean physical defensive lineman that can move. At 6’6.5″, 266 pounds with an 83-inch wingspan, Rousseau fits the build of the long, athletic defensive end that has taken over the NFL. Rousseau ran a 4.74 40 showcasing his speed, and benched 225 lbs. 21 times.
Rousseau may not have played a down in 2020, but he took his time away from football to continue to train and get stronger, and you can certainly tell.
Another top defensive line prospect in this year’s draft is emerging star Jaelen Phillips. Phillips transferred from UCLA, and it was unclear if he still had the love and passion for the game that got him to be one of the highest-rated prospects of his class. Phillips continues to climb up draft boards, and his pro-day numbers earned him a lot more money.
Phillips displayed unbelievable speed for his size running a 4.56 40. At 6’5″ 260 lbs. Phillips has the size to be a defensive end in the league for a long time, and he continues to get bigger and stronger. Phillips benched 21 reps on the 225 lb. bench press.
In 2020 Phillips was one of the most dominant players on the field for the Hurricanes sacking the quarterback eight times, having 15.5 tackles for loss and 42 quarterback pressures. As Phillips continues to fly up draft boards, it will be interesting to see which Canes defensive end goes first.
There is no question that the University of Florida’s tight end Kyle Pitts is the No. 1 ranked tight end in the draft, and he will be the first tight end off the board. Not too far behind him is Brevin Jordan of UM. Many consider Jordan the No. 2 tight ends in the draft and a target between rounds 2-3. Jordan had a solid career at Miami, a school recognized as Tight End U.
Jordan has the size and to be a solid blocker in the NFL while also speed to run across the middle and separate himself from linebackers. Jordan ran a 4.64 40 at 6’2.5″ and 247 lbs. At UM, Jordan totaled 105 receptions for 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The pro-day measurements and tests might not be as important for a kicker as it is for other positions, but for a kicker showcasing your ability to make kicks with scouts and coaches watching closely is just as important.
Jose Borregales, the standout kicker at UM a year ago, is rated the No. 1 kicker in this year’s draft and is expected to go rather high in the draft for kickers. In 2020 Borregales went 20-22 on kicks and was one of the most consistent kickers in the league. During his pro day, Borregales went 12 for 13 on kicks with a length of 60 yards.