Brandon Washington

Brandon Washington Battles to Get Back to Practice Field

Rams guard Brandon Washington readily admits he is not a good patient.

“I probably was a pain in the butt for the guys in the training room because I was constantly bugging them to let me get back on the field,’’ said Washington, a second-year pro who returned to the practice field this week after missing time with a hamstring injury. “I did everything in my power and they helped get me back out here.

“I cannot afford to be on the sideline. I just kept reminding myself daily that you can’t make the club in the tub.’’

The 6-foot-2, 320-pound Washington hopes to make his preseason debut Saturday when the Rams take on the Browns in Cleveland. Even while injured, he tried to stay as connected to the offensive line as possible.

“You can’t afford to fall behind, so you try to stay on top of things physically, mentally and emotionally,’’ Washington, 25, from the University of Miami, said. “But it’s good to be out here again, back with my brothers. It just feels good to get some reps and get a chance to compete again.’’

Washington, one of a handful of players battling for interior-line spots, was selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round of the draft in 2012 and signed to the Rams’ practice squad that September. Last season, he split time between the practice squad and active roster before making his regular-season debut with 17 offensive snaps in the Rams’ season-ending loss in Seattle.

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Brandon Washington Leads Kicks to My Lou Shoe Drive

When Brandon Washington was growing up, his mom worked four jobs so she could provide items like name-brand athletic shoes for her son. Now as a professional football player, Washington wants to give local kids the same opportunity.

In a business class at Maryville University, Washington was explaining to the class his problem of always wanting to buy the latest shoes. It was suggested to him that he donate 10 brand-name pairs to kids that needed them in East St. Louis. Washington took that idea and expanded it to include his Rams teammates and a real challenge was born. 

Washington and the Rams set out to donate name-brand shoes for 100 local kids in the St. Louis area. Washington partnered with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to find 100 kids ages 5-17 in need of shoes because they couldn’t afford brand-name, they didn’t have the right kind or theirs were too worn. With his own funds and with contributions from his teammates, Washington shopped for the shoes to distribute at the event held at the Clyde C Jordan Senior Citizens Center.   

“It’s an awesome feeling knowing where (I) come from and knowing the struggle,” said Washington. “I grew up in a single parent home, my mom had five kids, I had four brothers, and my mom wasn’t able to afford name-brand shoes for me and all four of my brothers. These kids might keep this pair of shoes for a long period of their lives, knowing they got it from a professional athlete with the St. Louis Rams.”

Along with receiving their new shoes, Washington posed for photos, shared snacks with the kids and hosted a PLAY 60 event. The NFL PLAY 60 Challenge is a program intended to educate and motivate middle school students to stay active for 60 minutes every day. The kids were broken up into four group activities: passing, catching, wheel-barrel racing and foot speed drills.

In addition to Washington’s efforts, the Rams organization held a shoe drive and collected an additional 100 pairs of shoes for the Urban League to distribute to area children.

“It feels great, it’s just great to give back,” said Washington. “These kids, when you look around and see these smiling faces, they welcomed me with a warm welcome as soon as I got out of my car.” 

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Eagles Release Brandon Washington, Signs With Rams

The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday released proCane Rookie OG Brandon Washington. Washington declared early for the draft and did indicate after falling to the Eagles in the 6th round that if he had known he was going to be drafted that low, he would have stayed at the University of Miami. Washington dealt with a concussion early in camp and missed significant time. Luckily, the St. Louis Rams signed Washington to their practice squad on Sunday.

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Brandon Washington cleared to practice

Philadelphia Eagles OG Brandon Washington has been cleared to practice after missing a week because of a concussion.

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Brandon Washington still not cleared

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Saturday, Aug. 11, that OG Brandon Washington (head) still has not been cleared from his concussion.

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Brandon Washington Inactive For Eagles on Thursday

Not a good sign for Brandon Washington that he was inactive for the Eagles last night in their first preseason game. Most of the 11 inactive players for the Eagles were starters. The Eagles had 11 players inactive against the Steelers: WR Riley Cooper, S Nate Allen, S Colt Anderson, LB Jamar Chaney, DE Trent Cole, LT Jason Peters, G Brandon Washington, TE Brent Celek and DT Mike Patterson.

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Brandon Washington as the third right guard

The Eagles were pretty high on guard Brandon Washington when they selected him in the sixth round of the draft this year. Many had predicted Washington to go as high as the second or third round this past year, and it was assumed that Washington would be able to contribute immediately. That may be true, but as of now, he’s going to have to fight to even make the roster, as he’s behind veteran Mike Gibson on the depth chart.

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Late selection fueling Brandon Washington

Brandon Washington was told he could be drafted as early as the second round. If not the second, surely the third. Worst case scenario, the fourth.

Washington talked it over with his family, considered his options and decided to take the plunge. He would leave the University of Miami one year early and enter the NFL draft.

You can imagine the sinking feeling in Washington’s stomach as he watched the draft unfold. He was not selected in the second round. Or the third. Or the fourth. Or the fifth.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth round that Washington’s name finally was called. The Eagles selected him with the 200th overall pick. He was not in a mood to celebrate.

“If I knew I was going to be drafted that low, I would’ve stayed in school,” the 6-2, 320-pound lineman said. “It was disappointing. I mean, I know I’m a better player than that.”

But that was a month ago, enough time for Washington to get over the disappointment and focus on the opportunity he has in Philadelphia. He is taking part in the OTAs at the NovaCare Complex and hoping to show the Eagles that he is a keeper. He is using the draft experience as motivation.

“My goal was to get a chance to play in the NFL,” Washington said. “I’m here now. I’ve got the opportunity. Most guys never get this far. I’m looking at it like that. I’m in a great situation with a great team. Now it’s up to me.”

Washington was the next-to-last pick in the Eagles’ draft. His name is in the fine print at the bottom of the page underneath Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry. But don’t be surprised if Washington emerges as a pleasant surprise this summer.

He was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Miami. He played right guard in 2010 and moved to left tackle last season. He was an all-conference selection at guard and he adjusted well to the tackle position. He graded out highest among Miami’s linemen last season.

An explosive drive blocker, Washington had 56 pancake blocks in one season. When he was invited to play in the Astroturf NFLPA Bowl in January, he was the best offensive lineman on the field even though he split time between guard and tackle.

So why did he slip in the draft? There were several factors.

Some scouts felt he was a little raw and could have used another year in college. Also, the fact that he switched positions was problematic for some evaluators. They could not decide whether he was a guard or a tackle so he did not fit neatly into every draft board.

Some reports referred to a “lack of urgency” in his play. In other words, he appeared to loaf at times. Scouts love guys with a high motor but no one used those words to describe Washington. Once a guy like that starts falling in the draft, he can wind up falling to the bottom of the barrel, which is what happened to Washington.

But there comes a point where a team – in this case, the Eagles – looks at the tape again, sees the athletic ability and decides to take a shot. That’s what you see in Washington, a big man with power and balance. If you are looking for sheer tools, he has an impressive array.

The Eagles drafted Washington as a guard and that is probably where he is best suited to play in the NFL. He can use his strength to its fullest advantage in close quarters. He is hard to move when he drops his hips and anchors against a bull rusher. When he comes off the ball, he knocks people backwards.

“I like the physical part of the game,” Washington said. “I like to steam roll people.”

The Eagles changed their blocking scheme last season under line coach Howard Mudd. They got away from big mauling linemen and went with smaller, quicker blockers who could execute Mudd’s zone techniques. 

At a glance, Washington would not appear to fit the Mudd mold. He is built more like an old school road grader. But Washington says that’s not the case. He is not the second coming of Max Jean-Gilles, in other words.

“The man who coached me at Miami, Jeff Stoutland, studied coach Mudd,” Washington said. “We talked after the draft and he said it was a good system for me. You have to be able to move. You need quick hands and quick feet. Bend your hips. Those are all things I can do. I’ve done them.

“I’ll learn from the (players) here, I’ll learn from the coaches. I’m studying the playbook and learning the concepts. I’m trying to get better every day. I have a lot to prove.” 

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PHOTO: Brandon Washington At Eagles Rookie Camp

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Brandon Washington #78 maneuvers around Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles during rookie mini-camp at their practice facility on May 12, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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Brandon Washington Signs A Contract With the Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed three 2012 draft choices, each to four-year contracts: fourth-round cornerback Brandon Boykin, fifth-round guard Brandon Washington and seventh-round running back Bryce Brown.

A three-year letter winner out of Miami (FL), Washington compiled a streak of 25 straight starts at both tackle and guard in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2011, Washington started all 12 games at left tackle for the Hurricanes after starting 13 contests at left guard in 2010. The Miami, FL, native earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle as he helped lead Northwestern High School to a state title and national championship. He attended Lincoln High School his first three years.

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proCane Draft Round Up

Olivier Vernon (Junior) was the first proCane drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft going to the Miami Dolphins with the 9th pick of the 3rd Round 72nd pick overall.

Sean Spence (Senior) followed Olivier Vernon by getting picked with the 23rd pick of the 3rd Round and 86th pick overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lamar Miller (Redshirt Sophomore) was then picked in the 4th Round by the Miami Dolphins with the 2nd pick in the 4th round, 97th pick overall.

Travis Benjamin (Senior) was selected by the Cleveland Browns three spots later with the 5 pick in the 4th round, 100 overall.

We then had to wait till the 6th round for Tommy Streeter (Junior) to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 198th pick overall, 28th pick in the 6th Round.

Brandon Washington (Junior) followed Streeter by getting picked by the Philadelphia Eagles 2 picks later with the 30th pick in the 6th round, 200th pick overall.

Below are the free agent signing which will be constantly updated:

Chase Ford TE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Philadelphia Eagles
Marcus Forston DL (Junior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New England Patriots
Micanor Regis DL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Atlanta Falcons
LaRon Byrd WR (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Arizona Cardinals
Adewale Ojomo DE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New York Giants
Jacory Harris QB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Miami Dolphins (TRYOUT) & Arizona Cardinals (TRYOUT)
Tyler Horn C (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Atlanta Falcons
Aldarius Johnson WR (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
JoJo Nicolas DB/S (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - New York Giants
Joel Figueroa OL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Miami Dolphins (TRYOUT)
Lee Chambers DB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Chris Ivory LS (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Harland Gunn OL (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Dallas Cowboys
Mike Williams DB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Andrew Smith DE (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -
Jordan Futch LB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marcus Robinson DE/LB (Senior) - Undrafted Free Agent -

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Interview With Miami OG Brandon Washington

[Editor's Note: Here at NFL Spin Zone, we have put together a series of 2012 NFL Draft prospect interviews to give our viewers a more in-depth look at a handful of the players who could end up with their team next season. The latest draft prospect interview features Miami Hurricanes offensive guard Brandon Washington. 

Chris Boyle: Talk about how you’re feeling with just a few days before the NFL Draft.
Brandon Washington: I feel good just having the opportunity to be talked about in the draft. It’s a blessing. I’m kind of overwhelmed just thinking about things.

Boyle: What separates you from the other guards in this draft class?
Washington: My ambition. I continue to work hard. I know some guys at the combine take off, and they don’t work out anymore. They feel like their name’s already high and that, for sure, they’re going to be this pick, that pick, and for sure go in the in the first round. I think my ambition and the way I work about it allows me to continue going because I know I’m not one of the big-name guys, and I won’t be in the first round or whatnot. That’s why I train.

Boyle: You decided to skip your senior season at Miami. What made you decide that now is the right time to enter the draft?
Washington: I feel ready for the pro level … Most importantly, I was ready to be successful. I’m ready to take care of my family.

Boyle: You grew up in a relatively poor part of Miami, known as Overtown. How did that background shape who you are today?
Washington: It was rough, trying to stay out of trouble and stay in school. It made me who I am today because I could have easily been one who ended up dead or in jail … Growing up in that neighborhood, everybody had, well not everybody, but some people had two parents. Most people had a single parent at home and they were able to get everything they ever wanted. So by them being my friends, I wanted what they had so I could feel like they were my friends.

There’s a saying there that says “get how you live”; how you see the dope transactions, the hand-to-hand doping and the money that’s traveling. You want to get how you live. And how you see it, you’ve got to get it like that too. If you see people selling drugs or robbing to wear the latest shoes, and you want the same, you’ve got to do the same to get it.

But I felt, in the end, that it wasn’t me. I knew I didn’t want to do that for a living. I told myself that I would do something and run with it. I wanted to take care of my mom, my brothers and my sisters. It was so rough living that neighborhood trying to go to school, sleep and hear gunshots and know what’s going on. I had a mindset early to know what I wanted to be in life. I didn’t want to be what everybody else was being.

Boyle: Have you lost any friends from childhood?
Washington: “Plenty; to death or jail.”

Boyle: When you were growing up, was there a specific event that was a turning point for you?
Washington: I can remember back when I had wanted a pair of shoes. My mom told me no. I wanted them really bad because all my friends had them. To me, it was like ‘great, he got ‘em.’ I didn’t want to feel left out because my mom couldn’t buy them, but I knew I couldn’t be selfish. I told myself one day I was going to do something to make enough money where I could take care of my mom, take care of my brothers and we’d all get pairs of shoes.

Boyle: You must have some kind of a shoe fetish?
Washington: Oh, yeah.

Boyle: When you get your first paycheck from the NFL, what kind of shoes are you going to buy?
Washington: I’m going to buy 10 pairs. I gotta get 10 pairs.

Boyle: 10 pairs of Nikes? Or Jordans? Or something else?
Washington: A mixture of both.

Boyle: Your mother is a big influence in your life. How has she done so, and how are you going to take care of her once you get to the next level?
Washington: She’s the turning point of my life; knowing her struggle and how hard she fought to make sure we had breakfast in the morning and dinner that same night. She means everything. The first thing I’m going to really do when I get my first check is give her a house. I’ve got to get her a house. I’ve got to show her I appreciate her.

Boyle: Has it always been your dream to play in the NFL? Have you always grown up around football?
Washington: I didn’t. I started playing football my freshman year of high school. I had a growth spurt in my life, and I came back to the area and everybody was like ‘Who are you? What are you doing over here?’ or whatever because I got so big … I got introduced to a couple of high schools and a couple of coaches saw that I could throw the ball and saw me do shake moves, juke moves and whatnot and told me, ‘Come to this school. Come to this school. Come to this school.’ I didn’t know what to do.

My freshman year was my first time playing organized football; I just used to play with my friends. It was my first time wearing a helmet; my first time putting pads on. Putting on shoulder pads, I felt like the first two weeks to a month I struggled doing that. My friend was picking on me like, ‘You don’t know how to do this. You don’t know how to do that.’ I was like, ‘This is my first time.’ It was so hard and so rough. The hair in my helmet used to just stick to my face.

I used to tell everyone, ‘I quit’. I would quit like three times a week but then I’d always come back. Sometimes in practice, we would practice so hard and the coach used to say, ‘Football ain’t for everybody,’ and I would say, ‘It ain’t for me.’ Sometimes they would say, ‘Football separates men from boys,’ and I said ‘I guess I’ll remain a boy then.’ There were things like that, but I’m happy I stuck at it; now where I’m at.

It never was the dream, though. I just knew that I wanted to do something that made me money so I’d be able to show my family that I appreciate them. I could remember as a little boy I would tell myself I’m a home-team fan.

I love the Dolphins. They’re not my favorite team, but since they’re my home team, I like them. I remember telling myself that I was going to try out for the Dolphins. I never even processed going through high school and college to get to the NFL. I just thought I’d try out for a team, and then I found out about high school football and I was like, ‘What?’ I got the chance, because I was always big [as a kid], and it went by the pound. So I was like, ‘Yo, I could play football with being this size?’ And that’s when I thought I’d play high school football.

My freshman year, I played defensive tackle and I felt like my sophomore year, I had to come back strong. I’ve got to keep getting better and better. So, I hit the offseason training real fast on my own and with the team doing afterschool program workouts by myself and with my position coach.

Boyle: If you started as a defensive tackle, how did you end up on the offensive line?
Washington: My freshman season, we had won a district game to go into the playoffs and, that same game, we lost both our starting guards. My head coach came up to me and said to me, ‘We need you to play both ways.’ I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to play offensive line,’ because growing up, if you played offensive line, you were sorry and you couldn’t really play football.

I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to play offensive line because I’m not sorry and I came up with that mindset.’ My defensive line coach come up to me and said, ‘Do it for the team. Be a team guy. It’s just going to help you in the long run.’ So when I finally did it, I was wearing No. 99 my freshman year because I played defensive tackle, but on game day when I came into the locker room, No. 72 was in my locker. I was like ‘Man, I want my same number. I’m not playing until I wear my number.’ And they said I couldn’t wear No. 99 on offense. I was like, ‘Well, I ain’t playing then.’

I was going home, and my head coach came in and explained the whole thing to me. I ended up playing guard that year, and then in my sophomore season, I came back and they said, ‘We’re going to have you play tackle.’ They said you’ve got to go both ways. And I was like, ‘No, I want my No. 99 back or I ain’t playing.’ They explained the whole thing to me again. Even my defensive line coach was saying to do it for the team and I was surprised … I said I could help the team by playing, so that’s why I did it.”

Boyle: Do you think the change in positions helped in your overall maturity?
Washington: Oh yeah, most definitely. I had so many roles on the team and had so many people look up to me for doing that. We had a wide receiver who helped at defensive back. We had a running back who played linebacker. That matured me. I had so many roles, and I had to execute those roles for my team to win.

Boyle: You moved to New York after you graduated high school before attending the University of Miami? How did that come about?
Washington: I’m still not sure. There are a lot of people who wonder why I did it; why it went down like that. But, it was supposed to be for my grades. But it really wasn’t for my grades. The university wanted to hold me in like a greyshirt area. When I got there, it was hell, man. I wanted to go back home. It was my first time away from my family. It was real hell … It said New York, but it was New Berlin which was like four hours from New York City, an hour from Syracuse. It was in the middle of nowhere. I had nothing to do. I just didn’t like it at all.

Boyle: What was the most difficult part about being away from your family for that long?
Washington: The whole process was difficult because I never did it. And then it starts snowing and you’ve got nobody you feel more comfortable to talk to or nobody that you feel more comfortable to just be there with you. It was frustrating. I would call my mom on the phone and she would tell me to do what I got to do and finish.

Boyle: You played three seasons at Miami, but none more adventurous as this past season with the Nevin Shapiro scandal early on. Was it really a distraction in the locker room, and have you ever had any kind of contact with Shapiro?
Washington: It was most definitely a distraction because we had fought so hard that preseason and that offseason training camp because we knew we could be a successful team. And then it came up and slapped us in our face, and it was like ‘Wow.’ But, everybody trained the same way, and everybody got the same treatment from the staff. So, everything was cool but, at the same time, we weren’t winning no games and dealing with the distraction.

I never met Nevin Shapiro. I never saw him face-to-face. I heard things, though, but I never met him.

Boyle: The U has a proud lineage of NFL players. Talk about being part of a program with so many great players and some of those who helped you along the way to your own professional career.
Washington: It’s a winning tradition. It’s a team with so many first-round draft picks, so many guys in the NFL. So, you kind of want to win for those guys because they set the foundation for you. You want to try to keep it going, but football’s not played the same. It’s different now. There’s so much you have to worry about and do right. We kind of fell short. But, it’s a good family. Guys come back and talk to you.

I met Vernon Carey, who helped me a lot. He would say like, ‘Man, it’s a man’s game. You’ve got to put food on the table for your family. Everybody’s got to eat. It’s a man’s game, so have your mind ready now that you came out early and there’s no turning back now. You made that decision, and you’ve got to keep going forward.’ Most important, everybody tells me it’s a man’s game but I feel like I’m a man.

Boyle: What teams have you visited with, and what teams have given you an indication that you might be their guy?
Washington: I’ve visited Carolina. I worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles. I worked out for the Miami Dolphins. I’ve conversated with the Houston Texans. I’ve conversated with the Denver Broncos. If I was going to say the teams that have shown the most interest, I’ve converstated with Pittsburgh and Baltimore as well, but I’d say the teams that have shown the most interest have been Pittsburgh and Carolina.

Boyle: You mentioned the Dolphins. Is that the dream at the back of your mind – to play for the home team again?
Washington: Most definitely. If I ended up in my home town, it would be wonderful. But, at the same time, I kind of want to be able to flap my arms out … and get away from our house where the kids and grandkids can spend a weekend up at my place, wherever I’m stationed at. It kind of goes both ways, but then again, you think about it – I could play my whole career in Miami.

Boyle: And finally, what are your plans for draft day?
Washington: I’m going to be at my house. We invited the family and friends over. I’ll probably watch the first round, but I’m said to be picked up in the second or third round, I probably won’t watch. I’ll probably just wait for a phone call.

Boyle: Are you anxious at all about the draft? What will you do as you wait for the phone call, if not watch the draft?
Washington: I’m probably going to shoot basketball, play pool, go walk the beach, walk the sand … and see my grandmother.

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Todd McShay: As many as nine Miami Hurricanes could get drafted

CORAL GABLES – ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said he wouldn't be shocked to see as many as nine former Miami Hurricanes players selected next week, but "a safe bet" is seven.

McShay said on a conference call Tuesday he expects running back Lamar Miller, receivers Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive lineman Brandon Washington, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive end Olivier Vernon to be drafted.

He described defensive end Adewale Ojomo and defensive tackle Micanor Regis as "on the fringe," and listed receiver LaRon Byrd and tight end Chase Ford as "sleepers" late in the seven-round draft.

Miller is projected to be the first 'Canes player taken. McShay said on-air Tuesday that Miller would be a "steal" for the Denver Broncos at No. 57. Later, on the conference call, he noted, "Olivier Vernon of all those guys after Miller is most intriguing to me. … I think he's a better player than maybe the perception [of him]."

McShay said the 6-foot-2, 262-pound Vernon can play both end and outside linebacker in the NFL.

"He has some stiffness, there's no question," McShay noted. "He's not a great athlete and his production didn't always match up [to his talent]. And I've heard some things. Is he mature enough?

"But if he his focused and doing all the right things and working and 100 percent dedicated to football, he's well-built, solid, strong, shows some quickness off the line and he has a chance to make an impact as a pass rusher at the next level."

McShay said "there's a strong chance" Streeter will be drafted in the third or fourth round, but he personally would have a hard time drafting him in the first four rounds.

"There's a lot of interest because of his height, weight and speed and certainly he's a great athlete. He has more potential than we've seen him do at Miami," McShay said. "But the tape just doesn't match up with what I see."

McShay said he doubts quarterback Jacory Harris will be drafted at all.

"He showed some flashes this past year. I thought he would be better this past year, but the inconsistency jumps out," McShay said, citing turnovers. He added that there are concerns from NFL teams about Harris' durability because of his relatively thin frame.

"But he has enough arm talent, so it's not to say he won't one day land on a roster if he's able to continue to develop somehow. It's just tough to develop as a quarterback. There's nowhere to really go and get good from this point on."

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Comments Ranks Lamar Miller & Brandon Washington in the Top 50 Draft Prospects

24. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami: Explosive runner with the speed and quickness to score from anywhere on the field. Scouts question Miller's durability, but it is hard to ignore his natural talent as a difference maker in the backfield.

47. Brandon Washington, G, Miami: Size, strength and athleticism are essential along the interior, and Washington displays a skill set that should lead to instant success as a pro.

See the full rankings here

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Brandon Washington on NY Giants Radar?

Brandon Washington OL, Miami: The talent is there for this guy to mature into a guard you can win with consistently inside at the next level. He needs to improve his pad level in the in-line game and tighten up his footwork in all areas. However, with a year of seasoning he certainly should mature into an above-average guard in the NFL with the talent to start at right.

Washington, a possible second- or third-rounder, said he turned pro without waiting for his advisory board report because “I felt I was mature and ready.”

He was “upset” when Golden criticized his play at tackle last season, but that’s not why he left. He feels more comfortable at guard and believes that’s his likely NFL spot.

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proCane Combine Grades & Measurements

Jacory Harris Grade 51
6'3" Height
32 1/8" Arm Length
203LBS. Weight
9 3/4" Hands

Travis Benjamin Grade 73
5'10" Height
31 3/4" Arm Length
172LBS. Weight
8 3/4" Hands

Marcus Forston Grade 64.5
6'3" Height
300LBS. Weight

Lamar Miller Grade 87
5'11" Height
31 3/8" Arm Length
212LBS. Weight
9 1/4" Hands

Sean Spence Grade 80.2
5'11" Height
222LBS. Weight

Tommy Streeter Grade 71
6'5" Height
34 3/4" Arm Length
219LBS. Weight
9 1/2" Hands

Olivier Vernon Grade 82
6'4" Height
265LBS. Weight

Brandon Washington Grade 66
6'3" Height
33" Arm Length
320LBS. Weight
9 3/4" Hands

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Brandon Washington Ranked As A Top 40 Prospect

40. *Brandon Washington, OG, Miami, 6-4, 320, 2 Washington is a stout, no-nonsense, get-it-done lineman who played guard and tackle at Miami but will move inside at the next level. He is one of four siblings raised by his single mother in a tough Miami neighborhood, where he first played three years at Edison High then finished on Miami Northwestern's National championship team. Rated one of the top preps in the country, Washington needed to attend Milford (N.Y.) Academy to become academically eligible for Miami. He has improved each year and is a brutal blocker on runs, but still needs work recognizing variables presented by various pass rushers. At Miami he started 15 games at left guard his first two years and 12 at left tackle last season.

See the rest of the rankings here.

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NY Giants Could Target Brandon Washington

New York Giants
2011 Record: 9-7 First round draft position: No. 32
Top Priority: OT

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: He's got the NFL size, length and overall athletic skill set. However, he's not a natural anchor player and doesn't strike me as a guy who is ever going to be real physical at the next level. He can mirror in space, but struggles to stick through contact and isn't real heavy handed. Looks like a finesse tackle who will get over drafted because of athletic talent, but is going to have a hard time keeping the edge clean at the next level.

Brandon Washington, OL, Miami: The talent is there for this guy to mature into a guard you can win with consistently inside at the next level. He needs to improve his pad level in the in-line game and tighten up his footwork in all areas. However, with a year of seasoning he certainly should mature into an above-average guard in the NFL with the talent to start at right

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Future proCanes intend to use the NFL Combine to boost their draft stock

AVENTURA – Olivier Vernon trotted past the finish line so fast Pete Bommarito just about triple checked his stopwatch. The former University of Miami standout who left school early to enter the NFL draft had just ran a 40-yard dash time that would be declared fast for a linebacker. Ironically, that's the position most NFL experts believe this Hurricanes defensive end might end up playing.

"Don't you dare write that down," said Bommarito, the founder and CEO of Bommarito Performance, a training program that works with NFL and MLB players.

Bommarito immediately became paranoid, and no longer trusted the 40-yard dash times he had on the 50 NFL draft prospects he's trained for this week's NFL Combine, and their school's Pro Day.

Suspecting his times were wind assisted during their Tuesday workout Bommarito spends 15 minutes changing directions of the sprints. But Vernon runs another fast 40-time fellow teammate, UM linebacker Sean Spence, is envious of.

If Vernon manages to keep that pace at this week's NFL combine his lukewarm draft stock will certainly heat up.

"I want to show off my athletic ability. I want to show I'm versatile. I want to show I can play in any scheme, a 4-3 or a 3-4," said Vernon, who contributed 18 tackles, and 1.5 sacks in the six games he played last season. "I don't want to be looked at as a defensive end."

Vernon, who contributed 39 tackles and six sacks in 2010, missed six games because of an NCAA suspension. Plenty Hurricane fans second guessed his decision to enter the NFL draft, but he has plenty of company in his early exodus to the NFL.

A record-setting 65 underclassmen entered this year's draft class, and five of them were Hurricanes.

Tailback Lamar Miller skipped his final two seasons at UM after rushing for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he's got a pretty decent excuse considering tailbacks have a short shelf life in the NFL.

Miller, who is often compared to Clinton Portis, is projected as a second-round pick, and is unanimously viewed as one of the draft's top three tailbacks.

Tommy Streeter, who led the Hurricanes in catches (46), receiving yards (811) and touchdown catches (eight), cashed out after his one breakout season. Streeter hopes his rare blend of speed (6-foot-5), size and athleticism pushes him up the draft boards.

Brandon Washington left UM after playing out of position as a tackle his junior season. This offensive guard is viewed as one of the draft's top 50 prospects.

"I felt like I was ready for the next level," said Washington, who a first-team All-ACC left guard selection as a sophomore. "My mindset was different. I'm ready to play against grown men."

Defensive tackle Marcus Fortson played in three games last season before blowing out his knee. He could have petitioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility, but preferred to move on.

"It is unusual to have that many [early entries] especially given the record they had last year. I don't know what the situation is," said Mike Mayock, NFL Network's draft analyst. "I'm an Al Golden proponent. I live in Philadelphia. He came from Temple. I don't know if he went down there with a different way of doing things, and that's why so many underclassmen left. I don't know that answer. But we're not talking about five first-round picks like in the old days at Miami."

The early defections gutted the Hurricanes' talent base. But UM's loss could be the NFL's gain.

All of the early entrants were invited to the combine, and with strong performances in the draft process their draft stock could rise considerably.

The recent success of former Hurricanes tight end Jimmy Graham, a third-round pick who made it to the Pro Bowl last year, and undrafted success stories like Sam Shields and Antonio Dixon proves the UM brand still has some cache.

"I'm a physical specimen, a physical playmaker, a guy who creates mismatches on any area of the field," said Streeter, who'll receive his degree this spring. "I still feel like the first round is still a possibility….I control my own destiny."

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