On Thursday night the National Football League held the first round of their annual ritual of sometimes confusing and often times embarrassing infatuation with young college aged men also known as the NFL draft.
This is the time of year when grown men with many, many years of playing, coaching and managerial experience swoon over a few chosen college players to resurrect their team and possibly their own careers. They are all in search of the "Next Big Thing", a college player who will turn into an NFL Pro-Bowler and lead their team to a Super Bowl.
The NFL draft is the silliness that is college football's National Signing Day, except times ten that is exploited, I mean covered, on National TV.
There was a time not too long ago when the University of Miami dominated the NFLU draft. Between 1986 and 2006 Miami players were so often selected that the league became known as the NFLU.
This information is from the UM web site at www.hurricanesports.com :
Over the last 30 years, few programs can rival the success Miami players have had in the NFL Draft and no program can claim the number of NFL stars that came from the Coral Gables campus.
As the numbers below show, no other program boasts 20-plus NFL Draft first round picks since 2000.
And UM has 26... next closest is Ohio State with 16.
The Canes come in third in total draft picks since 2000 with 67 (second table below), but could jump up those rankings during the 2011 NFL Draft when anywhere between seven to 10 Canes are expected to be drafted.
Below, HurricaneSports.com offers a history, including the complete NFL Draft history for UM players, and this weekend will cover every aspect of the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday evening.
|Most NFL Draft First Round Picks Since 2000|
|The Most NFL Draft Picks Since 2000|
So what happened this year for the many talented players from the University of Miami like CB Brandon Harris, WR Leonard Hankerson, DE Allen Bailey and OT Orlando Franklin?
Well, not so much. Miami did not have a player drafted in the first round in 2011. Look for Harris and Hankerson to go in the second round and Bailey and Franklin to go in round three. Colin McCarthy and Demarcus VanDyke should also be selected later in the draft.
For Hurricane fans, if you are waiting and wondering about when Miami will return to their consistent National Championship contention status, then U have to look no further than the NFL draft.
When the Hurricanes have several first round picks (Alabama had five first rounders this year) then U know we will have had a winning team that is contending for BCS Championships again.
And as for your South Florida home town team the Miami Dolphins selected Mike Pouncey, a center from the University of Florida.