With Brevin Jordan and Greg Rousseau projected to be in the top 50 of NFL Draft prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft the Miami football program is third with the number of players expected to be on that list for next season.
Tight end Brevin Jordan and defensive end Greg Rousseau are projected to be selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It was part of a list of the top 50 2021 prospects in Athlon Sports preview of the 2020 NFL Draft. Jordan and Rousseau are the two most NFL ready players on the Miami football roster.
Jordan was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the top tight end in college football in 2019 and Rousseau and leads FBS returnees for 2020 after recording 15.5 sacks last season. Jordan will be returning from an injury and will be in the discussion for the Mackey Award again. Rousseau will be on several award watch lists.
Athlon Sports published the list as cited by Inside the U. As expected, Alabama with five and Clemson with four were the only schools with more than the two players Miami is expected to have as first-round picks in 2021. The Hurricanes have not had a player selected in the first round since tight end David Njoku in 2017.
Miami has not had two players selected in the first round of the draft since offensive tackle Ereck Flowers was selected ninth overall by the New York Giants and wide receiver Philip Dorsett went 29th to the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. Dorsett is now with the New England Patriots and Flowers signed with his third team, the Dolphins.
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Reaching the level of Alabama and Clemson and having four or five projected in the top 50 players is another level. The last time three Miami football players were drafted in the top 50 was 2015 when Flowers, Dorsett and Denzel Perryman went 49th overall to the then San Diego Chargers.
Miami has not had as many as four players selected in the first round of the or even the first 50 picks of the NFL Draft since the Hurricanes produced an absurd six-first round picks in 2004. Miami had six players chosen in the top 21 picks in that draft. Incredibly Miami finished 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the ACC in 2003.
Several Miami football players are projected to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft next month. No one is expected to be taken before the third round at the absolutely earliest. The likelihood is that the first Hurricanes player taken in the NFL Draft this year will be chosen in the fourth or fifth round.