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Miami Has First-Round Draft Choice For Record 12th Consecutive Year

Miami Has First-Round Draft Choice For Record 12th Consecutive Year

April 29, 2006

Coral Gables – The University of Miami’s Kelly Jennings was selected with the 31st choice in the first round of Saturday’s NFL draft, extending the school record streak to 12 consecutive years in which a Hurricanes player has been chosen in the first round.

The streak is unprecedented in football history. The previous longest streak was eight straight years by the University of Florida (1983-91). The University of Miami’s string began in 1995 when Warren Sapp was drafted in the first round. Since then, UM has had 29 players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.

“It’s a badge of honor. It is pretty special,” said UM head coach Larry Coker. “I am very excited that the streak has continued. The streak is nice, but I’m really excited for Kelly Jennings.”

Since 1982, Miami has had 45 players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Prior to 1982, only 11 UM players had ever been selected in the first round.

Here are the Miami first-round draft selections all-time:

Player-Position Year No. Team
Jennings, Kelly-CB 2006 31 Seattle
Rolle, Antrel-CB 2005 8 Arizona
Taylor, Sean-FS 2004 5 Washington
Winslow, Kellen-TE 2004 6 Cleveland
Vilma, Jonathan 2004 12 N.Y. Jets
Williams, D.J.-LB 2004 17 Denver
Carey, Vernon-OL 2004 19 Miami
Wilfork, Vince-DT 2004 21 New England
Johnson, Andre-WR 2003 3 Houston Texans
McDougle, Jerome-DL 2003 15 Philadelphia
McGahee, Willis-RB 2003 23 Buffalo
Joseph, William-DT 2003 25 N.Y. Giants
McKinnie, Bryant-OL 2002 7 Minnesota
Shockey, Jeremy-TE 2002 14 N.Y. Giants
Buchanon, Phillip-CB 2002 17 Oakland
Reed, Edward-S 2002 24 Baltimore
Rumph, Mike-CB 2002 27 San Francisco
Morgan, Dan-LB 2001 11 Carolina
Lewis, Damione-DT 2001 12 St. Louis Rams
Moss, Santana-WR 2001 16 New York
Wayne, Reggie-WR 2001 30 Indianapolis
Franks, Daniel-TE 2000 14 Green Bay
James, Edgerrin-RB 1999 4 Indianapolis
Starks, Duane-CB 1998 10 Baltimore
Green, Yatil-WR 1997 15 Miami
Lang, Kenard-DE 1997 17 Washington
Holmes, Kenny-DE 1997 18 Tennessee
Lewis, Ray-LB 1996 26 Baltimore
Sapp, Warren-DT 1995 12 Tampa Bay
Searcy, Leon-OL 1992 11 Pittsburgh
Williams, Darryl-DB 1992 28 Cincinnati
Maryland, Russell-DT 1991 1 Dallas
Hill, Randal-WR 1991 23 Miami
Kennedy, Cortez-DT 1990 3 Seattle
Hawkins, Bill-DE 1989 21 L.A. Rams
Gary, Cleveland-RB 1989 26 L.A. Rams
Walsh, Steve-QB 1989 1* Dallas
Blades, Bennie-DB 1988 3 Detroit
Irvin, Michael-WR 1988 11 Dallas
Testaverde, Vinny-QB 1987 1 Tampa Bay
Highsmith, Alonzo-RB 1987 3 Houston
Brown, Jerome-DT 1987 9 Philadelphia
Brown, Eddie-WR 1985 13 Cincinnati
Kosar, Bernie-QB 1984 1* Cleveland
Kelly, Jim-QB 1983 14 Buffalo
Williams, Lester-DT 1982 27 New England
Anderson, Ottis-RB 1979 8 St. Louis
Smith, Don-DE 1979 17 Atlanta
Latimer, Don-DT 1978 27 Denver
Edwards, Eddie-DT 1977 3 Cincinnati
Harrah, Dennis-OL 1975 11 L.A. Rams
Foreman, Chuck-RB 1973 12 Minnesota
Owens, Burgess-DB 1973 13 N.Y. Jets
Trosch, Gene-DT 1967 24 Kansas City
Bosseler, Don-B 1957 1 Washington
Losch, Jack-B 1956 1 Green Bay
Dooley, Jim-B 1952 1 Chicago

* Supplemental draft choice