The NFL 2012 Draft began on Thursday night in prime time on ESPN with first round activities being completed in the speedy and maybe even record time of just over three hours.
Yet throughout the great Sunshine State it was more like a barely detectable gentle breeze rather than a strong draft that was felt by college players sitting and waiting for their names to be called by an NFL team in an effort to fulfill their life-long dreams.
Surprisingly not a single player from a major college in Florida was taken. That's right, your Miami Hurricanes along with Florida, Florida State, USF and UCF were all shut out of the first round action.
In fact it was not until DL Olivier Vernon was chosen by the Miami Dolphins in the third round with the 72nd pick of the 2012 Draft that a Hurricane was selected.
Later on UM LB Sean Spence would be the second Hurricane drafted on Day 2 when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers later in the third round.
Several Miami players who were projected to go higher in the draft slid down the draft board and are expected to go today in the fourth through seventh rounds. Perhaps the most shocking fall was that of UM RB Lamar Miller who many pro scouts had listed as a second round pick.
There was some speculation that doubts about Miller's often injured shoulder, his inability to make defenders miss or pick up yards after contact and his average blocking ability may have hurt his draft stock.
At this point of the later rounds many draft experts consider the speedy Miller a great value who could turn into the steal of the entire 2012 NFL draft.
In the later rounds WR Tommy Streeter, WR Travis Benjamin, OL Brandon Washington, DL Marcus Forston and others are still hoping to hear their names called today.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all former Miami Hurricane football players health, happiness and much success in the NFLU!