Future proCanes get another chance to impress NFL scouts


CORAL GABLES— The Hurricanes' initial Pro Timing Day March 10 prematurely ended and had to be rescheduled because of a storm.

Friday, 15 UM's NFL hopefuls were back on the field hoping to impress scouts from about 20 teams.

"We are about one month away from the NFL Draft now and it is getting closer every day," cornerback Brandon Harris said. "This is another chance to get out in front of scouts and show what we can do and it is probably our last time working on these practice fields, so it is bittersweet."

Harris said his focus Friday was to show his ball skills in drills because there have been "a lot of questions about my hands and if I can catch it."

The junior, who declared early for the draft in January, said he has done many private workouts for teams in Miami and has some visits scheduled for the next month. He was one of the players who didn't run the 40-yard dash Friday because they were happy with their time at the NFL Combine last month.

That included cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who beat everyone there with a run of 4.28 seconds. Van Dyke said that run "helped me out a lot," and has heard he might be drafted in the third round. He was pleased with his performance in drills Friday.

"One scout told me I improved my stock from the Combine," he said. "I looked more fluid than I did. I just wanted to improve my drills — at the Combine I felt kind of sluggish."

Running back Graig Cooper ran the 40 in 4.66 seconds Friday, but performed well in the individual drills. He has a meeting set up with the Dolphins on April 8.

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