The first three rounds will take place Saturday with the remaining four rounds being held Sunday starting at Noon.
Many draft prognosticators predict that from four to six Hurricanes could be
selected in the first round and there is a possibility that NFL teams could
select all 14 draft-eligible during the weekend. Last season, four
Hurricanes were selected in the first round: Damione Lewis (St. Louis with
the 11th pick), Dan Morgan (Carolina, 12th), Santana Moss (N.Y. Jets, 16th)
and Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis, 30th). Overall in 2001, seven UM players
were taken with James Jackson (3rd round, Cleveland), Leonard Myers (6th
round, New England) and Andre King (7th round, Cleveland) rounding out the
The most Hurricanes selected in a single NFL Draft were 12 in 1988, followed
by 11 in 1963 and 9 in 1993. Miami has produced two No. 1 selections in the
draft: Vinny Testaverde (1987 by Tampa Bay) and Russell Maryland (1991 by
Miami will be shooting for a record total of first-round selections in
consecutive NFL Drafts. Miami had four in 2001. The current record is 7,
set by Southern Cal (USC) in 1968-69 and tied by Notre Dame in 1993-94.
Southern Cal produced 6 first round selections over the two-year spans of
1980-81 and 1982-83, as did Ohio State in 1995-96.
Entering the 2002 Draft, Miami's best back-to-back seasons of first round
productivity are the 5 selections in 1988-89, 1987-88, and 2000-01. Florida
State also produced 5 first-round selections in 1995-96, as did Tennessee in
The most players selected in a single NFL Draft from a single school is 14
set by USC in 1975 and duplicated in 1977.
Here are some other draft notes to keep in mind when watching this weekend's NFL Draft:
1. Since 1987, Miami has had a total of 25 first-round draft
picks. The figure leads all schools during that span, including Florida
State (20), Ohio State (19), Florida (18) and Tennessee (17).
2. Miami has had at least one first-round draft pick in 13 of
the past 15 drafts, missing only the 1993 and 1994 drafts when UM had a
combined five second-rounders. Seven times during that span the Hurricanes
had multiple first-round selections. Tennessee and Florida are next, with
first-round draft picks in 11 of the past 15 drafts.
3. A total of 50 Hurricanes have been drafted in the first
three rounds since 1987, the most by any school during this span. Florida
State is narrowly second with 49 combined selections, followed by Tennessee
(44) and Notre Dame (40).
4. Southern California had the most players drafted in the
first-round (5) during the 1968 NFL draft. Four other schools, including
Miami (2001), have had four first-round selections in a single draft, along
with Notre Dame (1946, 193), Florida State (1997) and Ohio State (1971).
5. The Hurricanes lead the nation with first-round selections
in the last seven drafts since 1995. Florida is second with first-rounders
in the last five drafts, then Syracuse (4).
6. Since 1987, only five schools have a combined double-digit
draft picks in each of the first three rounds, including Miami, Florida
State, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
7. Miami and Florida State are tied for the second-most
second-round draft picks since 1987 with 14 each. Tennessee and Notre Dame
each have 16 second-round picks.
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