Four Miami Hurricanes preparing for NFL combine

Nov 6, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Former Miami Hurricanes players, defensive tackle Jon Ford, quarterback D’Eriq King, safety Bubba Bolden and wide receiver Charleston Rambo are preparing for the NFL Combine that begins on Tuesday in Indianapolis. The combine is returning in 2022 after being canceled in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

King and Rambo will participate on Thursday when QBs, WRs and tight ends take part in drills. Ford will participate on Saturday when defensive lineman and linebackers have their turn. Bolden participates on Sunday with defensive backs during the last day of the combine. The NFL Network will broadcast live each day.

Coverage will begin on Thursday through Saturday at 3:00 PM ET. The coverage on Sunday will begin at 2:00 PM. Miami is in a massive tie for 23rd with four players participating in the NFL Combine. The Hurricanes are tied for third in the ACC behind North Carolina and Virginia Tech in players participating in the combine.

Georgia has the most players invited to the combine with 14, Oklahoma and LSU tied for second with 11 and Texas A&M has nine. Virginia Tech leads the ACC with six and North Carolina has five. Clemson is tied for third in the ACC with four combine participants. Florida State has only two players participating in the combine.

King has an important opportunity at the Combine. Many of the projections for King in the NFL have him as a hybrid player similar to Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints. King will have a chance to show his skills as a passer, receiver and runner at the combine. King also returned kicks when he played for Houston.

Bolden and King were both lost for the season with shoulder injuries. King played in only three games after sustaining his injury against Michigan State. Bolden was lost a few weeks last when he was injured against Virginia. Ford is primarily a run stuffer who had 14 tackles and one tackle for loss in 2021.

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Rambo set Miami single-season records with 79 receptions and 1,172 receiving yards while adding seven touchdowns. The combine will be an opportunity for all four of the Miami Hurricanes alums to improve their stock in the draft. All four of the Miami combine participants are projected to be selected on the third day of the NFL Draft.