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Reviewing the Top Five Draft Classes in Miami Hurricanes History

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No 2: 1988


Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin makes the 1988 Miami class one of the best in school history by himself. PAUL K. BUCK/AFP/Getty Images.
Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin makes the 1988 Miami class one of the best in school history by himself. PAUL K. BUCK/AFP/Getty Images.

Bennie Blades, Detroit Lions (first round, third overall)

Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys (first round, 11th overall)

Danny Stubbs, San Francisco 49ers (second round, 33rd overall)

Brian Blades, Seattle Seahawks (second round, 49th overall)

Brett Perriman, New Orleans Saints (second round, 52nd overall)

Matt Patchan, Philadelphia Eagles (third round, 64th overall)

Darrell Fullington, Minnesota Vikings (fifth round, 124th overall)

Mel Bratton, Miami Dolphins (sixth round, 153rd overall)

Warren Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (sixth round 155th overall)

Alfredo Roberts, Kansas City Chiefs (eighth round, 197th overall)

Derwin Jones, Seattle Seahawks (10th round, 269th overall)

George Mira San Francisco 49ers (12th round, 331st overall)

Twelve Hurricanes in all were drafted in 1988, led by Bennie Blades going third overall. Blades was a solid pro that never truly matched his college production.

The next Hurricane taken sure did. Irvin is generally regarded as one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game, and for good reason; he was a dynamic athlete that forced opposing defenses to account for him on every play.

Stubbs was a solid pro that picked up two Super Bowl rings during his time in San Francisco despite not cracking the starting lineup. His career blossomed in Dallas and Cincinnati, and he retired with 51 sacks. Brian Blades, older brother of Bennie, was a consistent wideout, including four 1,000-yard seasons before age 30. He was convinced, and then acquitted 72 hours later, of murder that likely had an impact on the second half of his career. Perriman was a late bloomer and posted 1,000-yard efforts in his final two seasons as a full-time starter.