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The Canes keep on coming! Welcome to the NFL, Jon "Mongo" Feliciano and Anthony Chickillo. Way to go.

The sixth and seventh Miami Hurricanes got drafted Saturday during the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

And personally, I'm thrilled for them.

UM's most versatile offensive lineman, Jon "Mongo" Feliciano, went 128th overall and 29th in the fourth round to the Oakland Raiders, joining UM teammate Clive Walford, a TE who got drafted last night by Oakland in the third round.

Jon was willing to do anything and everything during his career, starting all 13 games this season at either left guard, right tackle or left tackle -- though he's a natural guard.

I talked to him this morning, and he told me he wanted so badly to go to a team that already had a Cane he knew on it. 

"I'm hoping to go anywhere with one of my ex-teammates,'' he told me. "Anytime I hear one of our teammates' names or anyone I know I get really excited. It's a big moment for everybody.''

"He's a classic overachiever is what Jon Feliciano is, moving into the NFL,'' said ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr.

I say he's an achiever. So, congratulations, Jon!

The last Hurricane to get chosen in this year's NFL Draft was defensive end Anthony Chickillo. Anthony is now a Pittsburgh Steeler. He was taken 212th overall as a compensatory pick after the sixth round.

Congratulations to Anthony and Jon

Canes have now gone 41 consecutive years with at least one draft pick.

Canes who had signed undrafted free agent contracts as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday were QB Ryan Williams with the Bengals, LB Thurston Armbrister with the Jaguars, C Shane McDermott with the Cowboys, DT Olsen Pierre with the Bears and QB Jake Heaps with the Jets.

Good luck to them all.

I Still expect others, such as cornerback Ladarius Gunter, to be given opportunities to make an NFL team.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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