Miami Hurricanes defensive end Quincy Roche was the biggest winner at their Pro Day per Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy. Roche participated with five other former Hurricanes on Monday. Following Pro Day, Roche stated that he did not reach his goals but said he was excited with his numbers and athleticism today.
Roche had a 9’11 in the broad jump, a three-cone drill of 7.18, 4.42 in the shuttle, a vertical jump of 32.5 and bench pressed 23 reps. Roche is projected to be taken on day two day of the NFL Draft in the second or third round. Roche will almost definitely be the third DE end from Miami chose early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Redshirt junior Jaelan Phillips and redshirt sophomore Greg Rousseau who opted out of the 2020 season had excellent performances on Pro Day and are projected in the first round. Phillips ran an incredible 4.58 40-yard dash that was more akin to a wide receiver than an edge rusher. Roche improved his draft stock on Monday.
Nagy was also impressed by Miami kicker Jose Borregales. Nagy later clarified on Monday that Roche was the winner in terms of helping himself the most. This should be one of the best drafts Miami has had in recent memory. Miami has not had two players selected in the first round in the same draft since 2015.
Phillips and Rousseau can also become the first pair of DEs drafted in the first round from the same school since Mario Williams and Manny Lawson of North Carolina State in 2006. Former Miami defensive line coach Todd Stroud was their position coach and Manny Diaz was the Wolfpack linebackers coach.
NC State had three defensive linemen that were taken in the first round that year with defensive tackle John McCargo also drafted then. Stroud was a critical part of the development of Phillips, Roche and Rousseau. Roche had an outstanding year helping Miami finished 8-3 in his only season in Coral Gables.