The only true NFL ‘U’: Miami Hurricanes unmatched in producing pro talent

There is no doubt which school has produced the most NFL talent in recent years.

None.

Ed Reed (Getty Images)
Ed Reed (Getty Images)

Last week we wrote about CBS Sports’ study of where the NFL Pro Bowlers, draft picks and starters are coming from in the last decade (2006-15).

With the study complete, the results are staggering.

Miami, according to CBS, is Running Back ‘U.’Tight End ‘U.’ and Wide Receiver ‘U.’ On Tuesday, it was revealed to be Linebacker ‘U’ as well.

Oh, we’re not done yet.

The Hurricanes finished fourth in the Offensive Line ‘U’ rankings and fifth for Defensive Back ‘U.’ A USA Today study showed Miami produces the fewest busts.

The Hurricanes even have third-best claim for CBS Sports’ Punter ‘U.’ honors.

RELATED: List of every Hurricane currently in the NFL

Here’s CBS’ reasoning for why Miami is …

Running Back ‘U’

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

Tight End ‘U’ 

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

Wide Receiver ‘U’

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

Linebacker ‘U’

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

 

Study shows University of Miami is ‘Everything U,’ pretty much

When it comes to producing NFL talent, the University of Miami is Running Back ‘U.’

And Tight End ‘U.’

And Wide Receiver ‘U.’

In studying NFL starters, Pro Bowlers and draft picks at each position over the last decade (2006-15), CBS Sports found that UM produced more wideouts, backs and tight ends than any other school.

Miami also finished fourth in the Offensive Line ‘U’ rankings.

Elsewhere, USA Today did a study that showed Miami produces the fewest busts.

CBS used a point system (1 point per NFL start, 2 for Pro Bowl selection and draft selection, 3 for first-round pick). “In reality, the players themselves make their own way into the NFL on an individual basis,” CBS’ Jon Solomon wrote. “But along the way, they get help through coaching, training and exposure from their college.”

Here’s CBS’ reasoning for why Miami is …

Running Back ‘U’

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

Tight End ‘U’ 

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

Wide Receiver ‘U’

(CBS Sports)
(CBS Sports)

 

2016 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. still has Artie Burns in the first round

One well known NFL Draft analyst continues to sing the same tune: Artie Burns will be a first-round pick.

Artie Burns speaks to reporters after his pro day at UM. (Matt Porter)
Artie Burns speaks to reporters after his pro day at UM. (Matt Porter)

Though some of his peers believe Burns will be taken in the second round, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. reiterated this week what he said in February: the former Hurricanes cornerback will go in the first 32 picks. Kiper’s latest mock draft has Burns slotted 26th overall to the Seattle Seahawks.

On a conference call Tuesday, Kiper told the Post’s Andrew Abramson that Burns was “a little grabby [in his technique] for me, but he’s got a lot of talent so you look at him in the late first” round. UM safety Deon Bush, he said, is a third- or fourth-rounder, and he likes receiver Rashawn Scott as a late-round pick. He mentioned linebacker Raphael Kirby as a free agent signee.

Also of note: Kiper’s ESPN colleague Todd McShay said on the call that he believes Bush is a third-round talent.

RELATED: Hurricanes NFL draft stock report (April 18)

In his mock draft, Kiper ranked Burns fifth at his position, behind Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey (a cornerback/safety), whom he predicts Dallas will take fourth overall. Also picked before Burns, in Kiper’s mock: Houston’s William Jackson III (12th, New Orleans), Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III (14th, Oakland) and Ohio State’s Eli Apple (25th, Pittsburgh).

In the second round, Kiper predicts Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander will go 36th to Baltimore, while Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller will go 39th to Tampa Bay. He predicts the Dolphins, at No. 42, would take Baylor’s Xavien Howard.

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2016 NFL Draft: Miami Hurricanes stock report (April 18)

In one NFL Draft projection, former UM cornerback Artie Burns is heading to Jacksonville, where former teammates Allen Hurns, Brandon Linder and Thurston Armbrister are employed.

Artie Burns participates in the 2016 NFL combine in Indianapolis. (AP)
Artie Burns participates in the 2016 NFL combine in Indianapolis. (AP)

That’s according to a mock draft published Sunday by CBS Sports’s Dane Brugler, less than two weeks before the draft begins (April 28).

Burns, who left school after his junior season, is hypothetically selected in the second round (38th overall) by the Jaguars. He would be the sixth cornerback taken. Though ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. previously stated he thinks Burns could go as high as the first round, none of the CBS Sports analysts believe he will go that high.

Brugler projects former UM safety Deon Bush to be a late pickup by the hometown Miami Dolphins, going in the seventh round (227th overall).

DraftInsider.net publisher Tony Pauline rates Burns as the sixth-best draft-eligible cornerback and a second- or third-round prospect.

He projects Bush as the 12th-best safety and a fifth-round pick.

According to Pauline, Raphael Kirby, coming off a knee injury, is ranked 20th among inside linebackers and a priority free agent signee. Pauline expects Tyriq McCord (28th among outside linebackers) and Ufomba Kamalu (34th among defensive tackles) to be snapped up quickly after the draft ends. Other projected free agent signees include Calvin Heurtelou (49th among defensive tackles), Tracy Howard (68th among cornerbacks) and Herb Waters (99th among wide receivers).

WalterFootball.com says Burns is “grading out on the second day,” and ranks him eighth. Bush (16th among safeties) is a fourth- to sixth-round prospect. The website is high on Kirby (27th OLB), Howard (32nd CB) and Rashawn Scott (33rd WR), rating both between Round 6 and priority free agent status.

Other notable names in Brugler’s seven-round mock draft: former Boston College safety Justin Simmons (Martin County High), third round; former North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer), fourth round; and fifth-round selections Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens/Auburn offensive tackle), Beau Sandland (former UM tight end), Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day/UF running back), Dadi Nicolas (Atlantic/Virginia Tech defensive end) and Jatavis Brown (Glades Central/Akron linebacker).

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List of Miami Hurricanes currently in the NFL

Updated May 24, 2016

A simple list of every former Hurricanes player currently on an NFL roster, with links to their stats/bios. Nothing more, nothing less.

Allen Hurns is one of dozens of Hurricanes currently in the NFL. (Getty Images)
Allen Hurns is one of dozens of Hurricanes currently in the NFL. (Getty Images)

MIAMI HURRICANES CURRENTLY IN THE NFL

Updated May 24, 2016. Years lettered at UM in parentheses.

Arizona Cardinals

Calais Campbell (2005-07), DE

Olsen Pierre (2011-14), DT

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Bosher (2007-10), P

DeMarcus Van Dyke (2007-10), CB

Devin Hester (2003-05), WR

Baltimore Ravens

None

Buffalo Bills

Leonard Hankerson (2007-10), WR

Seantrel Henderson (2010-13), OT

Carolina Panthers

LaRon Byrd (2008-11), WR

Greg Olsen, (2004-06), TE

Chicago Bears

Deon Bush (2012-15), S

Pat O’Donnell (2013), P

Cincinnati Bengals

Eric Winston (2002-05), OT

Cleveland Browns

Tracy Howard (2012-15), CB

Duke Johnson (2012-14), RB

Dallas Cowboys

Brandon McGee (2009-12), CB

Justin Renfrow (2013), DT (playing OL in NFL)

Denver Broncos

Calvin Heurtelou (2013-15), DT

Detroit Lions

None

Green Bay Packers

Ladarius Gunter (2013-14), CB

Sam Shields (2006-09), CB

Herb Waters (2012-15), WR

Ryan Williams (2011-14), QB

Houston Texans

Ufomba Kamalu (2013-15), DE

Lamar Miller (2010-11), RB

Vince Wilfork (2001-03), DT

Indianapolis Colts

Phillip Dorsett (2011-14), WR

Frank Gore (2001, 03-04), RB

Stephen Morris (2010-13), QB

Erik Swoope (basketball 2009-14), TE

Jacksonville Jaguars

Thurston Armbrister (2011-14), LB

Allen Hurns (2011-13), WR

Brandon Linder (2010-13), OG

Kansas City Chiefs

Allen Bailey (2007-10), DE

Los Angeles Rams

 

None

Miami Dolphins

Rashawn Scott (2011-15), WR

Minnesota Vikings

None

New England Patriots

None

New Orleans Saints

None

New York Giants

Ereck Flowers (2012-14), OT

Shane McDermott (2010-14), C

Olivier Vernon (2009-11), DE

New York Jets

None

Oakland Raiders

Jon Feliciano (2011-14), OG

Clive Walford (2011-14), TE

Philadelphia Eagles

None

Pittsburgh Steelers

Artie Burns (2012-15), CB

Anthony Chickillo (2011-14), LB

Tyriq McCord (2012-15), LB

 

San Diego Chargers

Travis Benjamin (2008-11), WR

Asante Cleveland (2010-13), TE

Orlando Franklin (2007-10), OT

Denzel Perryman (2011-14), LB

San Francisco 49ers

None

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (basketball, 2005-09; football 2009), TE

Jake Heaps (2014), QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike James (2009-12), RB

Tennessee Titans

Sean Spence (2008-11), LB

Washington Redskins

None

Free agents of note

Chase Ford (2010-11), TE

Marcus Forston (2008-11), DT

Jason Fox (2006-09), OT

Richard Gordon (2006-08, 10), TE

Andre Johnson (2000-02), WR

Antrel Rolle (2001-04), DB

Brandon Washington (2009-11), OG