Miami’s McIntosh and Norton headed to the NFL

Miami found out today that their starting Defensive tackles, RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton, have decided to skip their senior year to head to the NFL.

Their decision to leave was expected. The two tackles had been projected last year to possibly get drafted in the upcoming NFL draft. But was it the best move for the two to make.

RJ McIntosh had a solid season this year, but the NFL advisory committee advised him to return to Miami to try and build on his NFL draft stock. If McIntosh would have returned for 1-more season, I could easily see him as a 1st round pick, but since he decided to leave early, he might get picked as high as the 3rd round.

Kendrick Norton is a 6’3″ 293 lb run stuffer. Norton is a quick tackle that can clog up the running lanes for running backs. Norton managed to get 26 tackles with 6.5 of them being for a loss.

Norton does not have the same projection as McIntosh, Norton is considered a late round pick. He might go un-drafted if his pro day does not wow scouts.

Like the old saying goes for making a decision as to leave for the NFL or not, “Are you projected to go in the 1st round? If not stay in school.”

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