MOBILE, Ala.—Braxton Berrios isn’t feeling any pressure at the Senior Bowl this week. Perhaps he should, considering every NFL team has a group of scouts there to evaluate whether he’s got a professional future in the sport, but that’s not how he thinks.
After a big senior season for the University of Miami, Berrios believes his performance speaks for itself. He’s not going to change anyone’s mind about his speed or his 5-foot-8, 177-pound frame at this point.
“I’m not out here to prove anything,” he said. “Everybody out here watching already has a ton of film and they kinda have their opinion about you already. I’m just here to continue being the playmaker that I am and prove myself to be a leader, even in this All-Star game.”
Berrios is playing under Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and the North team this week, giving him a chance to play with prized quarterback prospects Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.
He is projected to be a late-round pick or a player who will get a shot as an undrafted free agent, but he has no doubt he’ll merit a selection. That opinion was reinforced after meeting with “a ton of teams” in his first two days in Mobile.
“I have the skillset and I think I’ve proved enough,” Berrios said. “Obviously I’m going to keep on working, but I fully expect to be drafted.”
If he’s right, it’ll be a tremendous payoff for his breakthrough last season. After minimal impact in his first three years at UM, he turned up with 55 catches for 679 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
Berrios credits that production in large part to the continuity he enjoyed under Hurricanes receivers coach Ron Dugans. They spent the last two years together after Berrios had different position coaches as a freshman and sophomore.
Beyond receiver, Berrios is looking for work wherever he can find it on the North team. He is hoping to boost his value by showing he can be a kick or punt returner and has even practiced holding for field goals.
“Whatever a team needs me to do, I’ll find a way to do it,” he said.
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