Mock Draft: Former UM Players (Round 4)

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 fourth 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.

19. COLE: S Bennie Blades -- "In the pantheon of great Miami safeties, Blades often gets overlooked for some of the more modern safeties of this generation that have come from the University, namely Ed Reed and Sean Taylor, however, Bennie led the 'Bennie and the Jets'backfield from 84-87 and put together a Hall of Fame career on the college gridiron. Jimmy Johnson called him the best player he's ever coached at his position and is most certainly Reed and Taylor's peer at the collegiate level."

20. TANO: CB Ryan McNeil -- "Team Tano takes the first cornerback off the board here and chooses the most decorated cornerback in Miami history, Ryan McNeil. McNeil has excellent measurable, he stands 6'2" and 200 lbs, but has the speed to keep up with elite receivers AND the size to match up with today's breed of bigger, stronger receivers. He did for years in the NFL, but as a Hurricane, he was an All American and Jim Thorpe award semi-finalist, anchoring the 1991 ‘Canes secondary and leading the way with five interceptions. Cornerback isn't exactly a stacked position at Miami, and we're happy to get the #1 guy on our board in the 4th round."

21. BAKAS: RB Clinton Portis -- "The rich keep getting richer. Sure, Edge and McGahee have already been picked but who really believes that was worth it? When Tano took McGahee in the third round, did he forget that Portis is the reason why McGahee couldn't see the field early in his career at Miami? Did Tano forget that McGahee was forced to play fullback (in the Rose Bowl) to block for Miami's best back at the time (Portis)? Thanks to Tano for taking the second best back available with his third pick and leaving the best one available here to pick. Portis is widely considered Miami's best back over the last two decades and he was arguably Miami's best offensive player during the early part of this decade when the offense was setting all types of records. He continued having tremendous amounts of success in the NFL and could be en route to a Hall of Fame career that started way back when he first came to Miami as a freshman in 1999 and played his way into a starting role for the Canes. We're very excited about this pick and the things Portis can and will do for the offense."

22. ORDOQUI: WR Reggie Wayne -- "After taking Ed Reed and Dan Morgan in the first two rounds I turned my attention to building my offense in the third and fourth rounds. I selected Reggie Wayne with my 4th round pick to give my a team a true number 1 wide receiver. Wayne is Miami's all time leader in receptions (173) and has the second most receiving yards (2,510) in school history. The Louisiana native also caught 20 touchdown passes during his career which gives him the third most in the program's history. He is not the fastest, flashiest, or most athletic receiver that has played for the Hurricanes, but he may just be the most consistent pass catcher Miami has ever had. Wayne set a Miami record by catching a pass in 37 consecutive games. Wayne combines with Edgerrin James to give my offense two dynamic weapons to build around."

23. VILLAVICENCIO: WR Eddie Brown -- "Selected instantly after Reggie Wayne, Brown was part of the 1983 Miami Hurricanes football team that upset the University of Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl to earn Miami's first National Championship. The following year, "Downtown" Eddie Brown was named as a consensus first-team All-American and was the first WR in UM history to amass over 1,000 yards receiving, with 220 of those yards (on 10 catches) coming in the famous "Hail Flutie" shootout with Boston College. Brown would leave Miami setting school career records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Some of the younger readers may not know much about Eddie Brown but he was an outstanding receiver at Miami. I'm happy to add his playmaking ability and championship experience to my roster."

24. GOHARI: WR Devin Hester -- "You can never discount the value of a good special teams unit, and with the players that I have on my defense I can play the field position game all day, and that is where Devin Hester comes in. Although Hester may have been under utilized when he was with our Hurricanes, you can make no mistake that I will give him every opportunity to make big plays by giving him the ball in space. His vision and ability to make people miss are off the charts, and I do not think that you can find anybody who can reach their top speed as quickly as Devin can, add that to the fact that he can cut on a dime, and you have the combination for the greatest kick returner in the history of football.(yeah I said it)Devin was named to the Walter Camp All-America team as the nation's best kick returner, selected as the kickoff returner on The Sporting News All-America team, and selected first-team All-ACC as a kick returner when he was only a sophomore.Devin is an absolute game changer, and his explosive speed is something that I cannot pass up. I look forward to seeing your punters try to kick away from him."

To view complete rosters for each writer, click here.

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