Players drafted: Sean Taylor (S), Kellen Winslow II (TE), Jonathan Vilma (LB), D.J.Williams (LB), Vernon Carey (OT), Vince Wilfork (DT), Darrell McClover (LB), Alfonso Marshall (DB) and Carlos Joseph (OT)
Notes: Sean Taylor was the first of an NFL record six (from one college) Hurricanes to be drafted in the first round. Taylor ended up deserving such a high draft for a safety (fifth overall) as he became one of the best safeties in the NFL in just four short years. Taylor was well on his way to becoming a future Hall of Famer when he was brutally murdered by burglars in his Florida home. At the time of his death, he was tied in the NFL in interceptions with five, despite missing two weeks due to injury.
Taylor will go down as my favorite Hurricane of all time.
Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, and Vince Wilfork were all starters for their respective teams last year.
Like Taylor, before his untimely passing, Wilfork is considered one of the best at his position for the New England Patriots. Wilfork was named to his third straight Pro Bowl and All Pro teams last season.
Reason for the ranking: The list of players and what they have done in the NFL (10 Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams combined, and the NFL Rookie of The Year) isn't just the best class the Hurricanes had in the last decade but one of the best classes in Hurricanes history.