Mock Draft: Former UM Players (Round 3)

As the summer winds down and we get closer to the start of football season, the CanesTime.com 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 third 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.

13. GOHARI: DT Vince Wilfork -- "Vince Wilfork is a pick I made which may have been a bit of a reach, but when paired with Russell Maryland makes perfect sense for me. These two big bodies will absolutely eat up the interior offensive linemen when both pretty much require double teams. He is an absolute beast of a man ( was measured at 6' 1" and 323 pounds at Miami's pro day) and during his years at miami he was a legititmate candidtate for the Lombardi Award,the Outland Trophy, the Nagurski Award as well as being named as an All-American and All Big- East conference. With Vince, Russell, and Ray my team is going to be absolutely dominant on D and everybody knows that defense wins championships."

14. VILLAVICENCIO: DT Cortez Kennedy -- "Looks like a DT run has started but I was able to get my second choice after Russell Maryland was taken to close Round 2. Cortez Kennedy was a beast in his time at Miami and knows how to win as he was a key member of two national championship teams. An All-American in 1989, Kennedy was a big part of a Hurricanes defense that didn't allow a touchdown for one 10-quarter stretch during the regular season, held six opponents without a touchdown and allowed just 9.3 points per game. A talented big man like Kennedy is an excellent addition to my squad and again fills a key position in the construction of a championship-caliber roster."

15. ORDOQUI: RB Edgerrin James -- "I took Edge to anchor my offense after selecting defensive players on the first 2 rounds. Edge was the star on Miami teams that were suffering from probation. His career highlight was going off for 299 yards on a undefeated UCLA team. Edge, who had the best career of all of Miami's historic backs, gives my offense a workhorse who can carry a team to victory."

16. BAKAS: DE Danny Stubbs -- "After drafting two players who are widely considered the best at their respective positions at UM over the last 20 years (Warren Sapp and Andre Johnson), we were pleased to announce yet another player who we believe fits that bill. The Hurricanes have produced a lot of quality defensive ends over the years but everyone will pretty much agree that Stubbs is in a league of his own. He was an incredible pass rusher who was extremely disruptive to opposing offenses during his Miami days. We get very excited to think about the combination of having Stubbs and Sapp together on the same defensive front and that's why we're really excited about this pick and it's another reason why we believe we're having the most complete draft of anyone so far. Look for our success to continue in the fourth round."

17. TANO: RB Willis McGahee -- "Team Tano is lucky enough to have inarguably the best runningback in the draft fall into their laps with this pick, and cannot pass Mr. McGahee up. Willis may have only had one full season at Miami, but it was easily the most productive and impressive season a Miami runningback has EVER had at Miami. At RUnningback U, Willis stood out with 1,753 yards on the ground, 168 total points, 2,108 total yards, 10 100 yard games and 28 touchdowns. Unbelievable numbers. McGahee had an unparalleled blend of speed and power. He had 4.3 speed in a 225 lb. frame. He bench pressed 225 lbs. 26 times at the NFL draft combine just a few months after major knee surgery. Quite simply, McGahee was a freak of nature. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and probably deserved the award that year. Made various first team All American teams and was considered a top 3 NFL pick before a devastating knee injury. As a testament to just how good he was, he's become a Pro Bowl back in the NFL even after that knee injury. Take Edgerrin James, even Edge will tell you that Willis was the most impressive runningback in Miami history."

18. COLE: WR Santana Moss -- "Big time players make big time plays in big time games."

To view complete rosters for each writer, click here.

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