Mock Draft: Former UM Players (Round 2)

As the summer winds down and we get closer to the start of football season, the staff would like to make things a bit more interesting. For the next few weeks, we will post the round-by-round results of a mock draft done by the six writers of the site. The pool of players are former Hurricanes, dating back to 1980. Here are the second round picks.

The rules are simple -- 26 slots to fill an entire lineup along with one assistant coach at the end. Draft the best possible team made up of former Hurricanes. We'll post the results each day with a new round, complete with explanation of our picks from that day.

After the picks have been posted for that day, readers will get a chance to vote on who made the best pick. At the end of the series, readers will have a chance to breakdown each of the six teams and we'll see who drafted the best team. It should be an exciting few weeks to see who can grab the best players!

The six writers taking part in this series are Mike Gohari, David Villavicencio, Alex Ordoqui, Mike Bakas, Raul Tano, and Larry Cole.

7. COLE: WR Michael Irvin -- "When you look up 'University of Miami' in the dictionary, you will see a picture of 'The Playmaker'. Brash, arrogant, exhuberant, faith-driven, a flair for the magnificent, and talented no one represents the swagger of Miami Hurricanes football more than Michael Irvin."

8. TANO: OT Leon Searcy -- "Team Tano selects inarguably the top offensive linemen left on the board, Leon Searcy. The logic here is simple. There aren't exactly a plethora of quality offensive linemen available in this draft, especially at the tackle position, and at such an important position, it's good to have a stud leader like Searcy on your side. This isn't just about draft strategy though. Searcy is perhaps the most decorated offensive lineman in Miami history (apologies to Jim Otto and Bryant McKinnie). He started for three straight seasons and anchored the line for two national championship teams (89 and 91). During his senior year he was a first-team All-American and was a consensus first team All-Big East. At 6'4" 320 lbs, he is physically imposing and more than adept enough to handle another team's best pass rusher, but his natural position of right tackle and excellent run blocking skills are what Team Tano looks forward to the most. He is head and shoulders above anyone left on the board, and his value as a top offensive lineman can't be beat. Therefore, I am proud to select him with my second round choice."

9. BAKAS: WR Andre Johnson -- "After drafting the most dominant defensive tackle at UM over the last two decades in the first round, we've now added the most physically gifted wide receiver to come from UM in 20+ years. Johnson is the total package and he had an incredible career at UM and has since emerged as one of the elite receivers in pro football. He'll create mismatch problems all day and we're very excited to have added Johnson to what we believe will be an outstanding passing game."

10. ORDOQUI: LB Dan Morgan -- "Dan Morgan is the best linebacker to ever play at the University of Miami. He is the first player to win the top three defensive awards (Butkus, Bednarik, and Nagurski) available to linebackers. Morgan is the program's all-time leader in tackles and in addition to the previous awards mentioned he was also the Big East defensive player of the year and team MVP as a senior. I took him in the second round to pair with Ed Reed to give my defense to ultra-productive playmakers right up the middle. Morgan was also the first Miami player to be voted a captain three seasons by vote of his teammates. Due to the fact that his NFL career has been plagued by injuries it has been forgetten just how good Morgan was at Miami."

11. VILLAVICENCIO: S Sean Taylor -- "I agree with Alex that Safety is a thin position in this draft and after Ed Reed I think Sean Taylor is the best safety on the board. A hard-hitting ball hawk, Taylor wreaked havoc in the defensive backfield as well as in run support. A consensus first-team All-American, the "Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year" and a finalist for the "Jim Thorpe Award" given to the nation's best defensive back in his final season at Miami, Taylor proved how valuable he was over three years as a Hurricane. Fans remember his bone crushing hits and acrobatic interceptions as much as they do his famous rainbow visor. With my second round pick, I was looking for a playmaker on defense and I found an excellent one in Sean Taylor."

12. GOHARI: DT Russell Maryland -- "Although he is a little before my time, the skills and pure domination of Russell Maryland cannot be overlooked when I made my second pick for the draft. He is a big body in the middle that will swallow up running lanes and allow Ray Lewis free reign to roam around the field and make plays. One of only two Outland trophy winners in University of Miami history (the other being Bryant McKinnie) Maryland is a dominant force in the middle and when paired with Ray Lewis I cannot see anybody trying to run the ball on me. Maryland finished his UM career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for losses and 20.5 quarterback sacks, he is a player that I cannot pass up."

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