News from Coral Gables

News from Coral Gables

What's in Vernon Carey's future after the Orange Bowl? How about Jonathan Vilma? And is Antrel Rolle any closer to making a decision on where he'll be playing football next September? Here's a few recent notes on what we've heard from these Hurricanes.

Sources have informed the TFY Draft Preview that Vernon Carey has accepted an invitation to play in this year's Senior Bowl.  While Carey has yet to sign the commitment letter he has given a verbal "okay" to playing in Mobile, starting January 19.  Our sources have told us that the main reason Carey accepted the invite was the promise that he would see extensive action at offensive tackle every day in practice.  Carey has not taken well to guard after being moved there this season and has watched his draft stock slip significantly.  

Presently we rank Carey as the 24th prospect in the draft, which surprises many.  The fact is, based off the 2002 film when he played right tackle, Carey was first round talent.  In fact we'd go as far as saying had the mammoth lineman entered the April 2003 draft he likely would've been the fourth offensive tackle selected after George Foster, and would've slipped into the late part of round one.  A good week of practice at the tackle position in Mobile would vault Carey back into the first frame.

Jonathan Vilma is also seriously considering playing in the Senior Bowl.  The undersized linebacker, who many project to the outside, has watched his stock soar this season.  Vilma would further benefit by proving to a collective group of scouts in Mobile that handling of the outside linebacker duties would be a seamless transition for him.  

Finally, cornerback Antrell Rolle is still struggling with his choice of whether or not to stay at Miami or leave for the NFL from what we were told.  As reported on December 5, Rolle sought the advice of the NFL Advisory Committee on his prospects for April's draft.  And while the results were good it did not guarantee what Rolle wanted to hear; definite inclusion of his name in round one.  Many feel if the cover-corner has one more lights out performance in the Orange Bowl he will declare for the draft.

Ironically, Rolle's play against Florida State the past two years has been exceptional and included a shutdown performance against Anquan Boldin in the Hurricanes dramatic victory over rival Florida State in 2002.

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