Vernon, Spence Drafted in 3rd Round

Olivier Vernon and Sean Spence were both drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday night.

Olivier Vernon and Sean Spence became the first two Hurricanes selected in the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday night. Both went in the third round.

Vernon was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 72nd overall pick. Spence went 86th overall, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vernon came to Miami as a four-star defensive end prospect from American High in Hialeah. It didn't take long for him to break into the lineup as a true freshman in 2009. He became a part-time starter as a sophomore in 2010 and took big expectations into the 2011 season. Unfortunately, it was cut short because of an NCAA suspension that stemmed from his involvement with a former booster. Vernon finished his three-year career with 81 total tackles and nine sacks. Vernon was coached by Clint Hurtt as a freshman, Rick Petri as a sophomore, and then Jethro Franklin as a junior.

Spence came to Miami as a four-star linebacker prospect from Miami Northwestern High. He became a starter early in his career and ended up being one of the most productive defenders in UM's storied history. He finished his four-year career with 317 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Spence was coached all four years by Micheal Barrow.

The draft will resume on Saturday, beginning with round four. Several Hurricanes are expected to be taken in the next few rounds.

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