The University of Miami has produced some of the finest players in NFL history. But judging by the results of this weekend’s draft, the pipeline from Coral Gables might be drying up.
An NFL team didn’t select a Miami player until the Atlanta Falcons spent a sixth-round pick (176th overall) on LB Spencer Adkins. That ended the school’s 14-year streak of having a player selected in the first round and a 22-year run of having a player taken in the first three rounds.
Miami has been a go-to school for NFL teams looking for talent. In fact, you could build one heck of an all-star team using only former Hurricanes who are currently playing in the league.
How about these offensive skill players? RBs Frank Gore (49ers), Edgerrin James (Cardinals), Willis McGahee (Ravens) and Clinton Portis (Redskins); TEs Bubba Franks (Free agent), Greg Olsen (Bears), Jeremy Shockey (Saints) and Kellen Winslow (Buccaneers); WRs Devin Hester (Bears), Andre Johnson (Texans), Santana Moss (Redskins) and Reggie Wayne (Colts).
And what about these guys anchoring the defense? DTs Damione Lewis (Panthers) and Vince Wilfork (Patriots); LBs Jon Beason (Panthers), Ray Lewis (Ravens) and Jonathan Vilma (Saints); DBs Phillip Buchanon (Lions), Ed Reed (Ravens) and Antrel Rolle (Cardinals).
“The U” has left its mark on the NFL — just not in this year’s draft.