Where are the Miami Hurricanes Likely to Go in NFL Draft?

On the heels of being named the best NFL factory by ESPN, nearly 15 Miami Hurricanes will be eagerly awaiting to hear their name called in the NFL Draft.
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Jan 25, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad punter Justin Vogel of Miami (6) stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /

Justin Vogel

After transferring from the University of Florida, Justin Vogel became one of the best punters in the country. He improved each season he was with the Hurricanes. Vogel finished the 2016 season averaging 43.8 yards per punt.

He also had 25 punts land inside the 20, forced 25 fair catches and had 16 punts over 50 yards. Those stats earned Vogel second team All-ACC after the season. He was first team All-ACC in the preseason.

Vogel’s strength’s as listed by CBS is that he has above average leg strength. His weaknesses were that he only handled kickoff duties for one season and that he often rushes his punts when he feels the rush.

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Sep 10, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes fullback Marquez Williams (36) is tackled by Florida Atlantic Owls linebacker Rashad Smith (7) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Marquez Williams

Williams could be Miami’s sleeper in the draft. He is not even listed on NFL.Com’s board. Williams played his first season of Division I football with Miami this past season. He played his first three seasons in college at Division II Mars Hill.

Williams was given the Hard Hitter award at the team’s end of year end banquet in December. He paved the way for Mark Walton to rush for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"At ACC Media Days last summer, Richt said: “He’s what a fullback should look like”."

With Williams leading the way, Miami improved its rushing attack from 119.9 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry in 2015 to 151.8 YPG and 4.5 YPC . He is projected to be a seventh-round pick or at least get a look as as free agent.

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About a half dozen Hurricanes that are not expected to get drafted should get looks in free agency. That group is expected to be led by former starting running back Joe Yearby who is going to the NFL after foregoing his Senior Year in college.