Day One was strong for the Miami Hurricanes, with offensive tackle Ereck Flowers going ninth to the New York Giants and receiver Phillip Dorsett going 29th to the Indianapolis Colts.
Day Two continued to pay dividends for the Canes' proud tradition in the NFL Draft.
At about 8:30 p.m., UM middle linebacker Denzel Perryman got chosen by the San Diego Chargers 48th overall -- the 16th pick of the second round. He joins new Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, who was chosen in the first round yesterday.
Former Canes tackle Orlando Franklin plays for the Chargers.
Perryman, a 2015 Butkus Award finalist, led Miami with 110 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss in 2014. He finished his career with 351 tackles, which ranks in the top 10 at UM.
The ESPN commentators were gushing about Denzel. Congrats, Denzel!
About 90 minutes later, tight end Clive Walford of South Bay in Palm Beach County was chosen 68th overall -- the fourth pick of the third round -- by the Oakland Raiders.
Then, at about 10:30, running back Duke Johnson of Miami was selected by the Browns 77th overall -- the lucky 13th pick of the third round.
With one day left in the draft, the Canes already have had five players selected, the most since six went in 2012.
One ESPN commentator remarked that "something doesn't match up'' if you went back and looked at the Hurricanes' 6-7 record.
Said Mel Kiper, Jr: "Once they lost that Florida State game, the veterans started thinking about the NFL and things went awry. If they would have won that game they could have finished off and not lost another.''
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN