Miami football has four of ACC’s top 25 2020 NFL Draft prospects

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Garvin, DE, (Jr., 6-4, 250)

Jonathan Garvin had a breakout season in 2018. Play across from Joe Jackson and frequently next to Gerald Willis Garvin led all Miami defensive linemen with 60 tackles and was second to Willis with 17 tackles for loss and to Jackson with five sacks.

Getting to play off of Willis’ double teams in 2018 a lot of that attention will be shifted to Garvin. Miami is not likely to get as much production on the interior of their line that Willis had in 2018. At defensive end, the Hurricanes will have one of the deepest rotations in the country. Scott Patchan returns for his senior season.

Rising redshirt freshman Greg Rousseau is expected to have an impact in 2019 after missing most of last year after ankle surgery. Graduate transfer Trevon Hill from Virginia Tech and incoming freshman Jahfari Harvey round out the deep edge rushers for Miami.

Athlon expects Garvin to be in the spotlight this season. If he can improve his numbers slightly from 2018, especially in sacks, Garvin could be taken on the first or second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.

"“While much of the attention along the Hurricanes’ defensive front was paid to Gerald Willis III and Joe Jackson last season, Garvin was right there in terms of production. He was second to Willis (and tied for third in the ACC) with 17 tackles for a loss and third on the team with 5.5 sacks. Both Willis and Jackson are gone, so the spotlight now belongs to Garvin, who could really improve his draft stock by taking another big step forward this fall.”"

Garvin should lead another ferocious year from the Miami defense. The Hurricanes have consistently produced in the three years of the Manny Diaz defense. Miami led the nation in TFLs per game and was ninth in sacks in 2018.