Miami football Hidden NFL Draft gems since 2000

The Miami football program is among the most prolific nationally producing NFL Players. Several Miami alums have been hidden gems in the NFL Draft.
Sep 1, 2001; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes runningback Frank Gore in action against the Temple
Sep 1, 2001; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes runningback Frank Gore in action against the Temple / Paul Chapman-USA TODAY Sports
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. K.J. Osborn. WR. 5th round (176th overall). 2020 NFL Draft. K.J. Osborn. 60. . player. K.J. Osborn

Osborn has become a reliable receiver for the Minnesota Vikings in the last three seasons. Osborn had 158 receptions for 1,845 yards and 15 TDs from 2021-2023. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Osborn had 303 return yards. With his production and 30 career starts, Osborn has far exceeded his draft slot.

Rayshawn Jenkins. . Rayshawn Jenkins. . 4th round (113th overall) . S. 2017 NFL Draft. Rayshawn Jenkins. player. 13

Jenkins emerged as a starter during his third season with the Chargers. After recording 36 tackles during his first two seasons, Jenkins had 54 tackles, starting all 16 games in 2019. Jenkins signed a four-year, $35 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. Jenkins has produced over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons.

2012 NFL Draft. Lamar Miller. 59. Lamar Miller. 4th round (97th overall). player. . Lamar Miller. RB.

Miller became a starter in his second season with the Dolphins. Playing in all 16 games with 15 starts, Miller had 879 total yards and two touchdowns. Miller had the best season of his career with 1,099 yards and eight TDs, 38 receptions for 275 yards and another score in 2014. Miller played in Houston from 2016–18 before a torn ACL basically ended his career.

. player. Duke Johnson. RB. 53. Duke Johnson. . 3rd round (77th overall). 2015 NFL Draft. Duke Johnson

Johnson is Miami's all-time leading rusher. In the NFL Johnson was a receiving specialist. In eight NFL seasons, Johnson ran for 2,265 yards and had 311 receptions for 2,870 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson's best season was in 2017 with 1,401 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs.