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How do 2012 UM draftees fit with their new NFL teams?

Six former Miami Hurricanes were drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. So how do they fit in with their new teams? Here's a look:

Olivier Vernon- Miami Dolphins at Pick #72, 3rd Round- Vernon was somewhat surprisingly the first UM player drafted overall, but he has the physical tools to be very successful at the next level. The Dolphins desperately need any sort of pass rush beyond Cameron Wake, and it's likely that Vernon will see immediate playing time despite his limited playing time last season, due to his six-game suspension as part of the Nevin Shapiro investigation. Overall, Vernon should fit in well with the Dolphins though.

Sean Spence- Pittsburgh Steelers at Pick #89, 3rd Round- Spence was UM's best overall player last year after he suffered through an injury-plagued junior season. Spence is a bit undersized, but he should be an ideal fit in the team's 3-4 defensive scheme at one of the two inside linebacker positions and it's possible he could see immediate playing time for a team in need of an infusion of youth on defense.

Lamar Miller- Miami Dolphins at Pick #97, 4th Round- When he declared for the NFL Draft as an underclassman, many had him being drafted in the first round, and the common thought was that he'd be the second running back taken after Alabama's Trent Richardson. Obviously, both of those trains of thought ended up not coming true for Miller, who shockingly slipped to the fourth round, likely due to lingering concerns about his shoulder. On a positive note, Miller will stay in Miami and join his former teammate in Vernon. With that said, it's not a fantastic spot for Miller barring injury as he would appear to be 3rd on the depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. Miller may see time as a return man, where he could be effective.

Travis Benjamin- Cleveland Browns at Pick #100, 4th Round- Travis Benjamin both thrilled and frustrated UM fans during his four years at the school. He was capable of making fantastic plays, but also was responsible for a fair amount of turnovers at UM. Cleveland is a great fit for Benjamin, as he could start either at the outside receiver spot and/or serve as a slot receiver in three wide-receiver sets. The Browns' quarterback situation is a question mark with Colt McCoy and 1st-round pick Brandon Weeden set to battle for the starting position. Still, Benjamin should get playing time, and he and Joshua Cribbs on the field together in some instances will give the Browns big-play ability regardless of who emerges as their starting quarterback.

Tommy Streeter- Baltimore Ravens at Pick #198, 6th Round- Streeter made what may have been an ill-advised decision to forego his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft, but it was still surprising to see him last this long given his measurables in terms of height and speed. He'll join fellow UM alums Ed Reed and Ray Lewis in Baltimore, and he has a good shot to make the team provided that he shows that he can play well on special teams. He may be a year away from really contributing as a receiver, but with the right coaching his talent level is such that he can be a starting wide receiver for the Ravens, and maybe even a Pro Bowler. While he may not be elated with when he was selected, he's got to be pleased with where he was drafted.

Brandon Washington- Philadelphia Eagles at Pick #200, 6th Round- Washington played out of position for much of last season at left tackle and that possibly hurt his draft stock. He's more suited as a guard, though his versatility at UM will help him make the team as Philadelphia needs help at a few different spots along the line, given their performance last season and the injury to left tackle Jason Peters, which will likely keep him out for some if not all of the upcoming season.

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