It’s all about the U, at least that’s what one study done by NFL.com says about Miami football and the NFL players it has produced in the past 17 years.
Based on a ranking system that awarded points for accolades during their NFL careers, Miami ranked as the school that has produced the best NFL Draft picks since 2000.
“Miami ran away with the team rankings in large part due to the deepest field of honorable mentions in the 30-schools series,” wrote Chase Goodbread. “While some schools didn’t even have five players who earned points in the formula, the Hurricanes had 18 ranked outside the top five. Former Baltimore Ravens S Ed Reed, whose induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be just a matter of time, was a runaway as the No. 1 player. Devin Hester will go down as the one of the best, if not the best, return specialists the NFL has ever seen, and WR Andre Johnson will make a strong Hall of Fame case, as well. Each of UM’s top five players was among the elite players in the game at their position, some for more years than others, as were several honorable mentions. In short, this group is loaded like no other.”
The formula rated safety Ed Reed, wide receiver Devin Hester, wide receiver Andre Johnson, tight end Jimmy Graham and tight end Jeremy Shockey as the top five draft picks from Miami.
Miami has had 104 players drafted since the 2000 season, the second-most in that time frame.
The formula NFL.com used awarded 7 points for an MVP, 6 points for an Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, 5 points for first-team All-Pro selection, 4 points for Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, 3 points for a Pro Bowl selection within first two years of career and 1 point for other Pro Bowl selections. Additional points were awarded, at times, for outstanding play or career longevity.
Points also were multiplied based on where a player was selected.