Changing of the guard at the draft

Tyson Jackson was taken third overall. (Doug Benc / Getty Images)

Tyson Jackson was taken third overall. (Doug Benc / Getty Images)

While traditional college powerhouses like Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Michigan and LSU are missing in action at the 2009 NFL Draft, there is one upstart having a banner year.

The Hurricanes were riding a streak in which they had a player picked in the first round for 14 straight years — an astonishing accomplishment that may never be duplicated, but that run came to an end this year. In fact, if CB Bruce Johnson does not get chosen somewhere in the late rounds, Miami may not have a single player drafted. That hasn’t happened since 1974.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, also failed to land a single player on Day 1. Though the Fighting Irish have struggled some in recent years, they have continued to churn out prospects, with 41 Golden Domers having been drafted in this decade alone. While DB David Bruton will likely get drafted at some point today, he may wind up being the only Notre Dame player selected.

Another legendary football program taking a hit in this draft is Michigan. Just a year after a Wolverine (Jake Long) was drafted No. 1 overall, the Maize and Blue did not have a single player taken on the first day of the draft. A handful of Michigan players have the potential to get drafted on Day 2.

Though LSU had Tyson Jackson taken third overall, the Tigers have also lacked representation in this year’s draft. Since landing four players in the first round in 2007, LSU has only had one go in that round in each of the past two years. A number of Tigers are slated to go in the later rounds today.

On a positive note, Connecticut is making a little history of its own. The school had a record four players go in the first two rounds of the draft, including first-rounder Donald Brown. This reflects the Huskies’ recent rise to prominence in the Big East under coach Randy Edsall.

Gil Brandt contributed to this post.

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