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McIntosh and Norton turning pro, so now what for the Canes?

The news broke last night that Junior defensive tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton Jr. would be forgoing their senior seasons and entering into the NFL Draft. With two of Miami’s defensive pillars now gone, how will they go about replacing them?

That is a question Miami is asking themselves today as they begin the search to fill the gaps those two men leave behind. Mark Richt and Manny Diaz both visited with Norton and McIntosh over the weekend to try and convince the two players to stay, but once Norton decided last night to go pro, it was all but certain that RJ would do the same. They are close friends and roommates and it was always understood that one would do what ever the other was going to.

McIntosh and Norton are projected to go somewhere around the third round. Norton may even fall to the 4th round according to some projections and RJ may go as high as the late second. Regardless, the fact is now that Miami needs to continue the recruiting process to make sure that one of their strengths this season doesn’t turn into a weakness the next.

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