Note: This page will update with news and analysis throughout Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft, so refresh often.
Updated 6:20 p.m.: And the total of UM players today is up to five. The Carolina Panthers selected defensive tackle Kendrick Norton with the 242nd overall pick in the seventh round.
Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton is the 6-3, 312-pound, run-stopping bruiser who plugged up the middle of a talented Hurricanes defensive line. He left school after his junior season to pursue his NFL goal, but wrestled with the decision, announcing it on Jan. 8.
“This decision wasn’t an easy one, as I love being a Hurricane, but I feel I’m ready for the next step in realizing my dreams of being an NFL football player,’’ Norton said on Instagram and Twitter. “…Sometimes the best decision is not the most popular decision.’’
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Norton, out of Jacksonville Trinity Christian, played in all 13 games this past season, starting 12. He had 26 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss, two sacks, a breakup and quarterback hurry. He also started all 13 games as a sophomore and tied for third on the team with 10 tackles for loss.
Updated 5:30 p.m.: The first (and likely only) FIU player is off the board. The Seattle Seahawks selected quarterback Alex McGough with pick No. 220 in the seventh round.
Updated 5:08 p.m.: Braxton Berrios to the New England Patriots with pick No. 210. Let the Wes Welker comparisons begin (or continue)
Berrios, 22, from Raleigh, North Carolina, had an exemplary season in every aspect. After starting only seven games and totaling 496 yards receiving his first three seasons, he started 13 games in 2017, leading the Hurricanes in receptions (55), receiving yards (679) and touchdowns (9).
Berrios also is known as one of the most steady punt-return specialists in the nation, having caught 13 punts for 207 yards, a 15.9-yards-per-return average. He ran between a 4.3 and 4.4 on UM Pro Day in late March at the Miami Dolphins practice facility in Davie. But Berrios isn’t just gifted on the field.
He was one of 13 finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes the best football scholar-athletes in the nation. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Jim Tatum Award as the league’s top student-athlete.
Updated 3:57 p.m.: Florida's Marcell Harris is off the board. The San Francisco 49ers drafted the safety with the 184th overall pick in the sixth round.
Harris was a force for the Gators as a redshirt junior, leading the team with 73 tackles in 2016 — including being part of the final goal-line stand play against LSU that clinched Florida’s second straight SEC East title. He returned to school for his fifth year with the hopes of improving his draft stock.
The season ended before it began.
Harris tore the Achilles tendon in his right ankle prior to the start of fall camp. Season over. Done.
Still, despite the injury history (he tore his ACL in high school and sat out his first year at UF while recovering), Harris is a force to be reckoned with in the secondary when at full strength. He’s a hard-nosed tackler and has the potential to be a solid box safety in the league and to contribute on special teams.
Updated 3:25 p.m.: Florida's Johnny Townsend is going to the Oakland Raiders (No. 173 overall) following an illustrious career in Gainesville.
Townsend finished his career as the Florida and the SEC career leader in punt return average (46.2 yards/attempt). He led the nation in punting average during both his junior (47.9 yards) and senior years (47.5 yards) and posted 11 career punt attempts that went at least 60 yards.
Updated 2:03 p.m.: It's official. UCF's Shaquem Griffin is in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks selected him with the 141st overall pick on Saturday.
Griffin lost his left hand as a small child, the result of a rare genetic condition. And from the moment he started playing football, he was told he shouldn’t.
He played the game anyway.
“I remember there was a time I had a little league coach that told me this game is for two-handed players,” Griffin said at the Senior Bowl. “I read plenty of rulebooks and I never seen that rule. Hearing things like that, I had to take it upon myself to make sure that I show them if no matter if I have one hands, two hands or 30 hands, I can play football.”
And Griffin simply dominated.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pound linebacker from St. Petersburg went from special teams ace early in his college career to a bona fide starting linebacker. He started every game in his final two seasons at UCF, recording 154 tackles and a staggering 30 tackles for loss to go along with 17 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups.
Griffin was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl after recording 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Updated 1:53 p.m.: A third Miami Hurricane is off the board. The New York Giants selected RJ McIntosh with the 139th overall pick.
McIntosh, 21, out of Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, is one of three Hurricanes, along with running back Mark Walton and fellow D-tackle Kendrick Norton, who entered the draft as underclassmen.
McIntosh is a physical specimen at 6-4 ½ and 288 pounds and was an all-around run-stopping, pass-stopping terror as a junior in 2017. He had 52 tackles and his 12.5 tackles for loss tied for the team lead with fellow draft-eligible defensive lineman Chad Thomas. He also had 2 ½ sacks, seven pass breakups and four quarterback hurries. He forced one fumble and took a fumble recovery 35 yards down field.
“McIntosh is quick and athletic, and he plays hard,’’ ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “Effort is not an issue. He’s an underrated 3-technique penetrator who had  tackles for loss over the past two seasons.’’
Updated 1:27 p.m.: The Philadelphia Eagles selected FSU's Josh Sweat with the 30th pick in the fourth round.
Updated 1:20 p.m.: The New Orleans Saints selected Florida State's Rick Leonard with the 27th pick in the fourth round.
Updated 12:37 p.m.: And another Hurricane is drafted. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken running back Mark Walton with the 112th overall pick in the fourth round.
Walton, 21, was one of three Hurricanes to leave school as an underclassman, even after missing most of the 2017 season because of surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ankle. He rushed for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016 and was considered a candidate for major national awards before his injury.
Walton, a popular Hurricane who graduated early from Miami Booker T. Washington High and has a 1-year-old daugher, entered this past season’s game against FSU on Oct. 7 with a 9.1-yards-per-carry average, second best in the nation. His 134.3 rushing yards a game were fifth best, and he could catch anything thrown his way.
Mel Kiper called Walton “a second round talent’’ that could drop to the “fourth or fifth round’’ because of the previous injury.
12:26 p.m.: Another Miami Hurricane is off the board. The New York Jets have selected UM tight end Chris Herndon with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round.
Christopher Herndon IV spent the first part of his UM career in the shadow of fellow tight end David Njoku, the flashy, gifted athlete who became a 2017 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. But the 6-4, 245-pound Herndon, a strong blocker with steady hands, was contributing plenty himself.
In 2016, while Njoku was preparing to become a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Herndon, from Norcross, Georgia, garnered 334 yards and two touchdowns on 28 catches. Last season, the dependable Herndon was UM’s second-leading receiver (behind fellow NFL-bound Hurricane Braxton Berrios) with 477 yards and four touchdowns on 40 catches – despite missing the final two games after sustaining undergoing surgery for a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee.
Herndon started 26 games in his career, with 1,048 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 86 catches.
12:23 p.m.: The Cleveland Browns traded up to select Florida's Antonio Callaway with pick No. 105 in the fourth round.
Callaway could have been a first-round pick. He’s a speedy wide receiver who is a vertical threat in the passing game and can be invaluable as a punt returner. He’s the only player in Gators history to score a touchdown five different ways (receiving, rushing, passing, kickoff return and punt return). In his Florida career, Callaway caught 89 passes for 1,399 yards and 7 touchdowns and returned two punts for touchdowns as a freshman.
However, multiple off-the-field issues threw up red flags.
He was one of nine Florida players suspended last season while being investigated for alleged credit card fraud. A year earlier, he faced sexual assault allegations and a subsequent Title IX hearing. Callaway was found “not responsible” in that hearing — which was overseen by a judge who also happened to be a booster for the Florida athletics program. Callaway was also cited in May for marijuana possession during a traffic stop while in the car with a man who has a lengthy rap sheet. He pleaded no contest to possession of paraphernalia and accepted a fine.
12:15 p.m.: Miami Hurricanes great Andre Johnson announced the Houston Texans' fourth-round pick. The selection at 103: Texas Tech wide receiver Keke Coutee.
Noon: We are officially underway with Day 3.
Original post: Well, the final day is here everyone. It's Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft, which means a lot of familiar Miami Hurricanes should be coming off the board on Saturday.
Only one Cane was selected in the first 100 picks. That honor goes to defensive end Chad Thomas, taken 67th overall by the Cleveland Browns to join fellow UM alums David Njoku and Duke Johnson.
Hurricanes expected to be chosen include defensive tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton, both having left UM after their junior seasons; and fellow junior running back Mark Walton. Among the other Canes expected to be drafted: receiver Braxton Berrios and tight end Chris Herndon.
Other possibilities include cornerback Dee Delaney, offensive tackle/guard Kc McDermott, defensive end Trent Harris, offensive tackle/guard Trevor Darling and kicker Michael Badgley.
From around the state:
▪ The Florida Gators could realistically see four players selected today, including wide receiver Antonio Callaway, safety Marcell Harris, kicker Eddy Pineiro and punter Johnny Townsend. Two Gators have already been drafted in defensive tackle Taven Bryan and cornerback Duke Dawson.
▪ Five players for Florida State isn't out of the question. The candidates: Tavarus McFadden, Ryan Izzo, Rick Leonard, Josh Sweat and Auden Tate. Like Florida, the Seminoles have had two players drafted already in first-round pick Derwin James and third-round pick Derrick Nnadi.
▪ For the UCF Knights, who had a state-high three players drafted on the first two days, the wait continues to linebacker Shaquem Griffin.
When a player from a state college is drafted, we will update this page with a brief summary of their college career along with some quick analysis of the prospect. A separate, more in-depth story will follow in some cases as well (and will be hyperlinked to the initial post on this page).