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BY THE NUMBERS: The U and The NFL Draft

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Courtesy UM:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team has a pipeline to the pro’s that has been matched by few programs in all of college football.

Listed below are some of the eye-popping numbers that Miami boasts leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft.

86 – The Hurricanes have had 86 draft picks since the start of the 2000 season – a figure that ranks third among all NCAA teams.

59 – Miami has had 59 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

56 – Miami has had 56 players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1967 – second only to the University of Southern California.

40 – For 40-consecutive years, the Hurricanes have had at least one player selected in the NFL Draft.

28 – The 28 players Miami had drafted over a three-year period is the most amount of players selected over a three-year span (2002-04).

26 - Since 2000, Miami has had an NCAA-best 26 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

23 – The Hurricanes have had five-or-more players selected in the NFL Draft 23 times since 1980.

14 – For 14-consecutive seasons (1995-2008), the University of Miami had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

11 – Miami has had 11 players selected in the NFL Draft on three separate occasions (1988, 1991 and 2002).

6 – The Hurricanes featured an NFL-record six first-round Draft picks in 2004.

4 - Miami ranks fourth all-time in first round picks (First among ACC schools).

1 – Vinny Testaverde and Russell Maryland are the Hurricanes’ two No. 1 overall NFL Draft picks in school history.

First Round coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday night in Chicago, Ill. and will be aired live on ESPN and NFL Network at 8 p.m.