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Reviewing the Top Five Draft Classes in Miami Hurricanes History

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No. 3: 2002


Clinton Portis is just one of many good pros to emerge from Miami's Class of 2002, which would rank as the best in school history for many programs. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.
Clinton Portis is just one of many good pros to emerge from Miami's Class of 2002, which would rank as the best in school history for many programs. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota Vikings (first round, seventh overall)

Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants (first round, 14th overall)

Phillip Buchanon, Oakland Raiders (first round, 17th overall)

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens (first round, 24th overall)

Mike Rumph, San Francisco 49ers (first round, 27th overall)

Clinton Portis, Denver Broncos (second round, 51st overall)

Martin Bilba, Atlanta Falcons (fourth round, 116th overall)

Najeh Davenport, Green Bay Packers (fourth round, 135th overall)

James Lewis, Indianapolis Colts (sixth round, 183rd overall)

Daryl Jones, New York Giants (seventh round, 226th overall)

Joaquin Gonzalez, Cleveland Browns (seventh round, 227th overall)

One of the deepest classes in Miami history, the 2002 group sent 11 men to the draft and many had a significant impact in the league. McKinnie was a rock on the Vikings' offensive line – missing only four games between 2003-11, and that was only because of this.

Shockey ended up with more than 6,000 receiving yards, but never became that dominant threat at tight end the Giants wanted. Buchanon was a solid starter in Oakland and Tampa but never emerged as a shutdown corner.

Reed’s career doesn’t need much surmising: he is the best free safety of all time and his playmaking ability on defense is the best of this generation.

Portis was productive on both ends of his high-profile trade to Washington for Champ Bailey. Davenport was a solid back for the Packers for many years and was recently in the news for this odd story