Could Safety Bubba Bolden Be The Hurricanes’ Only Draft Pick? – The athlete

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — D’Eriq King took a snap, faked a handoff, took a few steps forward before throwing a football 40 yards down at Mike Harley. It was like old times.

Miami’s all-time leader in receptions caught the pass in step over his shoulder. Family members, agents, and dozens of past and current Hurricanes cheered. The few pro scouts from the NFL and Canadian Football League watching the end of pro day in Miami took notes and soon headed out the door — after King went to the receiver and caught a few deep balls of his own.

That’s how the day ended Wednesday for 11 former Hurricanes, many of whom will likely wait until Day 3 of next month’s NFL draft before even a chance of their phones ringing.

Unlike a year ago, when a couple of NFL head coaches showed up to watch eventual first-round picks Gregory Rousseau and Jaelan Phillips go through their profit days, no one was there to watch Wednesday’s practice. It also wasn’t clear if all 32 NFL teams were sending representatives — a day after the league held meetings in West Palm Beach.

New coach Mario Cristobal came out of his office briefly and spoke to some NFL employees in attendance, but eventually returned to his office to work on the Canes’ future.

“Probably a lot of undrafted free agents aside from (Safety Bubba) Bolden,” a scout told The Athletic. “But there are people who can make NFL rosters here if they find the right fit.”

There were no 40 eye openings, nor were there extremely impressive weight room notes. Just a bunch of hungry ex-Hurricanes trying to show the pros they have what it takes to play at the next level.

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