Canes Look to Extend Draft Streak

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The NFL Draft has always been an exciting time of year for Miami fans, and this year is no different.

Miami is looking to have a player selected in the first round for a record 13th consecutive year.

Linebacker Jon Beason, tight end Greg Olsen and safety Brandon Meriweather have all been projected in the first round.

However, unlike years past when it was a given that a Hurricane would be drafted early, this year's trio have been projected as mid-to-late first round prospects or second-round picks.

Beason, a 6-foot, 236-pound outside linebacker, led the team in tackles last season with 76 despite several nagging injuries. He decided to forego his senior season and enter the Draft after hearing he would likely be a first-round draft pick.

"It was hard in terms of when you come to the University of Miami where it is all about the program and winning a national championship," Beason said of his decision to leave UM. "I was not able to win one so it is a bittersweet feeling."

Beason's last three pre-draft visits have been to the Colts (32nd), Giants (20th) and Steelers (15th).

Olsen, 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds, is considered the best tight end prospect in this year's draft and has been projected by numerous media outlets to be selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 14th selection. Olsen, who also left UM after his junior year, finished his UM career with 87 receptions for 1,215 yards and six touchdowns.

Meriweather, an undersized safety at 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds, is looking to put his past troubles behind him, including a shooting incident last summer and his role in the brawl with FIU. He is a player whose draft status could slip.

Other Hurricanes looking to be drafted on the first day include defensive tackle Kareem Brown and defensive end Baraka Atkins,

Two Hurricanes, Tyrone Moss and Ryan Moore, are just looking for an opportunity to show that they are ready to put the past behind them and show they are capable of making an NFL roster.

Moss rushed for 1,942 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career with a 4.7 yards per carry average. After a promising start to his junior season in 2005, Moss suffered a torn ACL and failed to re-gain his starting spot.

Moore battled suspensions and injuries throughout his career, but managed to catch 93 passes for 1,437 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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