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Bama gaining but Hurricanes still standard of first round dominance

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When the opening round of the 2019 NFL draft gets underway Thursday night in Nashville, the Alabama Crimson Tide are guaranteed to continue their streak of having a player picked in the first round for the 11th consecutive season. That’s because, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, offensive lineman Jonah Williams and most likely, running back Josh Jacobs (or some combination of them) will hear their name at some point on night one.

However, as staggering as that testament to the Tide’s success is, they still trail the Miami Hurricanes as the greatest college football program for producing all-time consecutive first-round picks.

Here is an item more on just how impressive the Miami run of 14 consecutive drafts from 1995 to 2008 was.

Starting with Warren Sapp being picked by the Buccaneers in 1995 and continuing with the likes of Ray Lewis, Edgerrin James, Ed Reed (above), Andre Johnson and the late Sean Taylor, Miami dominated the first round of the draft year after year. This included an amazing six hurricanes taken along with Taylor in the 2004 draft alone.

Alas, just like almost any other streak, Miami’s came to a conclusion in 2009, when the Hurricanes only had one player taken. And, that was in the 6th round.

“The U” actually went five more drafts before they had another first-rounder, when both offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and receiver Phillip Dorsett were taken in the opening round in 2015. Miami had a first-rounder in 2016 and in 2017, but their most recent streak was stopped a year ago, when no Cane heard his name in round one.

Back to the Tide. Their streak reached an even 10 last year, when the Dolphins took defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick last year. And, no program over the last decade has more first and second round picks then Alabama.

Further, it’s likely with all-time iconic championship winning coach Nick Saban at the helm, that Bama’s streak will continue and and be on the verge of tying the Hurricanes coming up.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King

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Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.

Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.

Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\

With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?

All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.

King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.

King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.

He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.

The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.

The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?

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