2011 NFL Draft: Taking Stock of Brandon Harris and the Canes' Prospects

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2011 NFL Draft: Taking Stock of Brandon Harris and the Canes' Prospects
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Even though the Miami Hurricanes have been around a .500-team since Larry Coker's final season in 2006, their football program has still been sending players on to successful NFL careers. 

Devin Hester is a game-changing return man and receiver, Greg Olsen is an emerging tight end and Jon Beason and Brandon Meriweather are both Pro Bowl defensive players. 

Safety Kenny Phillips and tight end Jimmy Graham are both talented enough to get to Hawaii soon—as is Packers cornerback Sam Shields, although he was undrafted. 

The wins may not be there, but when it comes to producing NFL-ready talent, "The U" is still the gold standard in college football.

This is, after all, the school that holds multiple records pertaining to the NFL Draft.

At least one Hurricane was selected in the first round every year from 1994 to 2008. This 14-year stretch is an NFL record.

The Canes had an astounding 19 first-round picks during a four-year period from 2001-2004. 

The last of those drafts had six first-round Canes: Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow II, Jon Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey and Vince Wilfork.

This too is an NFL record, as the most first-round picks involving players from one school. 

The Giants' selection of Kenny Phillips with the 31st and final pick of Round 1 in 2008 (New England had to give up theirs because of "Spygate") remains Miami's last first-round selection. 

Cornerback Brandon Harris, defensive end Allen Bailey or wide receiver Leonard Hankerson could sneak into the late first-round and revive the trend this season. 

After the jump, we'll take a look at where this year's Hurricanes might land. 

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