McCarthy Goes Early on Day Three of NFL Draft


UM Draft Recap: Franklin in 2nd | Harris in 2nd | Hankerson in 3rd | DVD in 3rd | Bailey in 3rd

Former Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy became the sixth Hurricane taken in the 2011 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 109th overall selection in the fourth round.

McCarthy joins five of his former teammates who were selected on Friday in either the second or third rounds. Orlando Franklin (2nd round to Denver) was the first Cane taken off the board this year, then came Brandon Harris (2nd round to Houston), Leonard Hankerson (3rd round to Washington), DeMarcus Van Dyke (81st to Oakland) and Allen Bailey (89th to Kansas City).

Through the first three rounds, Miami was tied with LSU in having the most players selected nationally.

McCarthy spent most of his UM career at strongside linebacker before moving to the middle his senior seasons. In 49 career games, he recorded 308 tackles (165 solo) and 34 tackles for a loss. The two-time ACC honoree led UM in tackles in 2010, recording 119 in 12 games. He finished the season third in the ACC in tackles and 21st nationally.

McCarthy joins former UM defensive lineman Kareem Brown on the current Titans roster.

He also becomes the 10th Cane drafted by the Tennesse Titans/Houston Oilers all-time. McCarthy’s former linebackers coach Micheal Barrow also joined the organization through the draft.

LB Colin McCarthy (109th in 2011)
DE Kenny Holmes (18th in 1997)
DB C.J. Richardson (211th in 1995)
LB Micheal Barrow (47th in 1993)
WR Alex Johnson (325th in 1991)
DE Willis Peguese (72nd in 1990)
LB Richard Newbill (126th in 1990)
DB Bubba McDowell (77th in 1989)
RB Alonzo Highsmith (3rd in 1987)
T Rowland Benson (16th round in 1963)

OG Orlando Franklin – 2nd round (46th overall) to the Denver Broncos
CB Brandon Harris – 2nd round (60th overall) to the Houston Texans
WR Leonard Hankerson – 3rd round (79th overall) to the Washington Redskins
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke – 3rd round (81st overall) to the Oakland Raiders
DE Allen Bailey – 3rd round (86th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs
LB Colin McCarthy – 4th round (109th overall) to the Tennessee Titans