Scouting the Orange Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Two teams who lost conference title games face off in what amounts to a home game for Miami. The draft board is heavy on the defensive side and leans towards the Hurricanes, though there are no dominant, top-45 prospects.

RJ McIntosh improved on what was a terrific sophomore campaign and took his game to another level this season. He’s athletic and explosive and offers terrific upside potential. McIntosh offers possibilities at tackle in a conventional four-man line or as a two-gap end. There’s still work to be done on his game but the arrow is pointing north.

Mark Walton’s season ended in early October after he sustained a severe ankle injury which required surgery. He has since declared for the draft as he continues to rehab the injury. At the top of his game, Walton is a creative ball carrier who moves well outside the perimeter while also displaying himself as a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.

T.J. Edwards is a solid three-down linebacker who forcefully stops the run while also showing ability in coverage. The top Badgers prospect in this game, he makes plays sideline to sideline and shows a nice degree of quickness and speed on the field. Edwards is considering the draft but recently received a “return to school” grade from the advisory committee.

Orange Bowl Prospects

Grade

Round

Full Name

School

Pos

Num

Yr

3.68

FA

RJ McIntosh

Miami-Fl

DT

80

3Jr

3.63M

3rd

Mark Walton

Miami-Fl

RB

1

3Jr

3.60

3rd

T.J. Edwards

Wisconsin

ILB

53

4Jr

3.59

3-4

Jaquan Johnson

Miami-Fl

S

4

3Jr

3.58

4th

Michael Jackson

Miami-Fl

CB

 

3Jr

3.57

4th

Chad Thomas

Miami-Fl

DE

9

4Sr

3.56

4th

Troy Fumagalli

Wisconsin

TE

81

5Sr

3.56

4th

Beau Benzschawel

Wisconsin

G

66

4Jr

3.55

4th

Nick Nelson

Wisconsin

CB

11

4Jr

3.47

5th

Ken Norton

Miami-Fl

DT

7

3Jr

3.47

5th

Christopher Herndon

Miami-Fl

TE

23

4Sr

3.42

5th

KC McDermott

Miami-Fl

G

52

4Sr

3.40

5th

Jack Cichy

Wisconsin

ILB

48

5Sr

3.37

6th

Tyree St. Louis

Miami-Fl

T

78

3Jr

3.30

6-7

Michael Deiter

Wisconsin

C

63

4Jr

3.28

7th

Dee Delaney

Miami-Fl

CB

4

5Sr

3.28

7th

Garret Dooley

Wisconsin

OLB

5

5Sr

3.27

7th

Alec Ingold

Wisconsin

FB

45

3Jr

3.27

7th

D'Cota Dixon

Wisconsin

S

14

4Sr

3.26

7-FA

Derrick Tindal

Wisconsin

CB

25

4Sr

3.21

FA

Jazz Peavy

Wisconsin

WR

11

5Sr

3.19

FA

Gerald Willis

Miami-Fl

DT

91

4Jr

3.13

FA

Chikwerendu Obasih

Wisconsin

DE

34

4Sr

3.06

FA

Conor Sheehy

Wisconsin

DE

94

4Sr

3.00

FA

Ryan Connelly

Wisconsin

OLB

43

4Jr

3.00

FA

Trevor Darling

Miami-Fl

G

73

4Sr

2.99

FA

Alec James

Wisconsin

DE

57

5Sr

2.99

FA

Trent Harris

Miami-Fl

OLB

33

4Sr

2.81

FA

Leon Jacobs

Wisconsin

ILB

32

5Sr

2.79

FA

Austin Ramesh

Wisconsin

FB

20

5Sr

2.76

FA

Lubern Figaro

Wisconsin

S

31

4Sr

2.73

FA

Natrell Jamerson

Wisconsin

S

12

4Sr