2018 NFL Draft: How bad is injury to possible Dolphins target Braxton Berrios?

Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios is injured. (Allen Eyestone /The Palm Beach Post)

INDIANAPOLIS — University of Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios withdrew from the NFL Scouting Combine after injuring himself during the bench press on Friday.

On Saturday, Berrios said the injury could have been much worse.

“I just kind of strained my pec(toral muscle),” Berrios said. “Not a big deal at all. It’s just something that I wasn’t able to perform today. And my Pro Day will be March 28th. And I’ll be 100 percent by then.”

Berrios said he was relieved after reviewing MRI results. But not being able to run routes, catch passes and be timed in drills he’s been preparing for is painful.

“It hurt,” Berrios said. “At the end of the day I’m a competitor. And this is a day I’ve been waiting really my whole life for. And so it hurt for a while. And still does. I had to get out there and cheer on everybody. And you know I truly want the best for those guys. Now we’ve got to look toward the Pro Day.”

Berrios said among the teams he’s had formal interviews with are the Titans, Jets, Eagles and Saints. Of course, the Dolphins could schedule a local interview in the future.

“It’s home,” Berrios said of Miami. “I’ve been there for four years. My dad is from there, a bunch of my family still lives there. It would be a seamless tradition, honestly. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

Berrios is 5-foot-8, 184 pounds but he has been compared to Danny Amendola and obviously could be a possible replacement for Jarvis Landry.

Berrios said he’s been asked some interesting questions by NFL teams, such as: “What is Bitcoin?” and “What is ISIS?”

But overall he’s enjoyed the process.

“A lot of them go through the same base of questions, for the most part,” he said. “Some you watch film and explain a bunch of things. Others are just trying to get to know you. They know who you are as a player. It’s like buying a car. They want to test drive it. They want to see who you are. Who’s going to be in that locker room. Who’s going to be in that meeting room. And to see if you fit into the culture that you’re trying to build around their program.”

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