Florida Schools' 30-Year Streak of Producing First-Round NFL Draft Picks Could End
We all know the University of Miami's historic streak of having a football player taken in the first round of every single NFL draft between 1995 and 2008 is now a thing of the past, but an even longer streak may come to an end this year.
Every single year since 1981 a player from either UM, UF or FSU has been taken in the first round. This year, not a single player from a Florida school is projected as a first rounder.
USA Today points out that the streak started back in 1981 when FSU's Bobby Butler was taken as the 25th pick. Since then, at least one Florida athlete has been picked in the first round (though only Miami has had a player picked first overall. That happened twice actually: Vinny Testaverde in '87 and Russel Maryland in '91).
But the big three hasn't been quite as big lately. All three teams are currently "rebuilding" under coaches heading into either their second or third seasons.
There area couple of players who may slip into the first round. Miami's Lamar Miller, Florida State's Zebrie Sanders and UCF's Josh Robinson are all hot prospects, but most projections have them going in the second round at best.
Of course, projections aren't always accurate. Given the Dolphin's decision making lately, we wouldn't be totally surprised if they drafted Jacory Harris in the first round.
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