The University of Miami celebrated on Thursday night with an NFL Draft first-round pick for the third consecutive year.
Friday night, the Hurricanes came up empty.
The day after Canes tight end David Njoku was chosen 29th overall by the Cleveland Browns, Miami was shut out of the draft, several players now hoping to be taken on the final day Saturday — rounds four through seven.
Among those believed to be in the mix for Saturday are quarterback Brad Kaaya, receiver Stacy Coley, cornerbacks Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert, safeties Jamal Carter and Rayshawn Jenkins, guard Danny Isidora and punter Just Vogel.
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Njoku was the fourth Hurricane to be selected in the first round of the draft the past three seasons. Since 2000, Miami has had 11 tight ends taken, five of them in the first round.
Kaaya is UM’s all-time passer with 9,968 yards in three seasons.
“The last few weeks felt like months,’’ Kaaya told the Miami Herald before Thursday’s opening round. “I’m nervous, but at the same time I have a very good feeling. It’s crazy that a lot of my bros will be taking this step with me. It feels like we just started this journey.’’
Said Colbert on Thursday: “I’m pretty calm, trying not to worry, trying not to be stressed out. I’ve been doing great, taking a lot of visits, meeting with coaches and scouts. I know God had a plan for all of us. When I do get my opportunity to go where I’ll be going, I’m going to do what I do best — work hard and compete.’’
And this, from Elder before the first round: “I am very excited...just enjoying the moment. I’m just happy to be in the position I’m in right now, and whatever happens, happens.’’