Eight Miami football alums will perform at the NFL combine this week. Hurricanes alums have excelled at the combine in the past. The most recent former Hurricanes will try to eclipse some of the standout performances in program history at the combine.
The Miami football program has produced legendary players in the history of college football and the NFL. Miami currently ranks fifth with nine players who are or will be (Edgerrin James) enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. For most of those players, their professional careers began at the NFL Combine.
Eight recent Miami football alums have been invited to participate in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week. Seven will participate in the majority of activities. Four-year starting linebacker Michael Pinckney will miss the drills at the combine due to a hip injury that will sideline him for six to nine months.
The results from NFLCombineresults.Com list all the results as far back as 1987. Pro Football reference makes it a bit easier with the ability to sort the results by colleges since 2000. Former Palm Beach Post Miami Hurricanes beat reporter Matt Porter wrote about the best Miami performances by combine events from 1999-2015.
The below results take into account all three sites have had deducted the best performances by former Miami football players at the NFL Combine. Some of the players went on to exceptional and in a few cases, Pro Football Hall Fame careers, others were workout warriors and the majority were somewhere in between.
40-yard dash: CB Demarcus Van Dyke 2011
DeMarcus VanDyke who is the current Assistant Director of Recruiting for the Miami football program ran the fastest ever recorded time by a former Hurricanes player at the combine with a 4.28 40-yard dash in 2011. VanDyke played at Miami from 2007-10 recording 79 tackles, four tackles for loss and three interceptions.