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Steelers selected Tennessee CB Cameron Sutton with the No. 94 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sutton (5’11/188) was a rare four-year starter in Tennessee's secondary, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in pass breakups (37) with seven interceptions. Sutton missed half of his senior season with a fractured ankle, but experienced no durability problems before that. He managed a 35th-pecentile athleticism workout in Indy, running 4.52 with underwhelming peripherals. Sutton earned praise for a solid Senior Bowl week, but he struggles in man coverage and misses way too many tackles. Short armed (30"), not a physical enough for the slot, and not athletic enough for the boundary, Sutton is low-probability pick.
Apr 28 - 11:02 PM

Saints selected Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Saints sent their 2018 second-rounder to San Francisco in addition to a seventh-rounder. Kamara (5’10/214) committed to Alabama out of high school only to redshirt as a freshman, transfer to JUCO, and spend his final two seasons in Knoxville, where he posted a 210-1,294-16 (6.16 YPC) career rushing line and caught 74 passes as the lightning to Jalen Hurd’s thunder. Kamara also averaged 10.9 yards on 26 punt returns, returning one to the house. Kamara is a versatile space back, but he disappointed with a 4.56 forty time in Indy and never reached 20 carries in a college game, topping 15 carries just three times in 24 appearances. Kamara did catch multiple passes in 19 games. A playmaking RBBC back who still needs to learn how to pass protect, Kamara is essentially a rich man’s Kenyan Drake. He won't have 2017 re-draft value.
Apr 28 - 9:49 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah hears that the Seahawks are "in the mix" to draft a quarterback on Day 2.

The Seahawks twice traded out of the first round on Thursday (first with the Falcons, then with the 49ers), giving them a whopping six picks (Nos. 34, 58, 90, 95, 102 and 106) to play with for Friday's second day of the draft. Davis Webb, DeShone Kizer, Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman are all quarterbacks who could see interest in rounds two and three. One additional Seahawks note that relates, here -- Yahoo Sports' Benjamin Allbright wrote on Twitter "don't put it past Seattle to draft [Kizer]."
Apr 28 - 2:48 PM

Eagles selected Tennessee DE Derek Barnett with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Barnett (6’3/259) made 36 starts in three seasons, tallying 52 tackles for loss and breaking Reggie White’s school record for sacks (33). He earned first-team All-America honors in 2016. As Barnett won’t turn 21 until June, his incredible production came at ages 18-20 in the SEC. PFF College gave Barnett a higher pass-rush rating than Myles Garrett last season. While Barnett lacks a dynamic get-off, his insatiable and relentless motor, edge bend, ability to hand fight and win with power, and bone-crunching takedown skills give Barnett a high floor as a three-down defender. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has compared Barnett to Vikings DE Everson Griffen.
Apr 27 - 10:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett "will be drafted earlier than most people presently project."

Pauline is hearing that Barnett and Missouri's Charles Harris are both hot prospects who could outperform expectation. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 259-pound Barnett has checked in with the Cowboys, Bucs and Eagles during the process. He is a likely top-20 selection, though top-10 might be a little much.
Apr 27 - 6:39 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah brought up the possibility of five running backs being drafted in round one in his latest mock draft.

The five are: Leonard Fournette to the Jaguars at No. 4, Christian McCaffrey to the Chargers at No. 7, Dalvin Cook to the Redskins at No. 17, Alvin Kamara to the Chiefs at No. 27 and Joe Mixon to the Packers at No. 29. We've discussed how much the NFL likes Kamara, and teams could be picking from the running back group in the hopes of landing a playmaker.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 10:38 AM

Former Louisville redshirt senior CB Shaq Wiggins transferred to Tennessee as a graduate.

Wiggins' winding collegiate road has found its final destination. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, a former four-star recruit, began his career at Georgia in 2013 before transferring a year late to Louisville. He was a full-time starter and honorable mention All-ACC pick in 2015, but was limited to eight games due to injury last year. Wiggins is a strong starting collegiate CB when healthy, and Tennessee was certainly in the market are losing starting CB Malik Foreman to graduation and senior CB Emmanuel Moseley to a spring shoulder injury. As a grad, Wiggins in eligible to play immediately.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 26 - 1:04 PM

ESPN's Ron Jaworski believes that Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs is the Dak Prescott of this draft.

Jaws is not the first analyst to try to cram Dobbs into the Dak Prescott mold. "He made a lot of throws in college — just under a thousand throws. He played a lot, he’s a bright young man and he’s mobile," Jaworski said, adding that "I like guys that have that experience in college that projects them well to the NFL. It’s why I worry about a guy like Mitch Trubisky, who only played 13 games. I like guys that have experience." ESPN's Todd McShay said last week that Dobbs could potentially sneak into the first round. Or if not the first, then early in the second round. We think this is all a bit much -- especially the first round -- but it is looking more and more like the Tennessee gunslinger will be selected by the end of Day 2.
Apr 25 - 4:20 PM

Tennessee TE Jason Croom visited the Bengals on Wednesday.

Croom previously visited the Cardinals, Steelers and Lions. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound former receiver could draw a Day 3 flier from a team looking for a move-TE.
Apr 23 - 1:13 PM

An NFL running back coach said that Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara is "a better short-yardage runner than he’s [given credit for]."

Speaking with Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm, the RB coach said, "You might like him a bit more than I do, but you can see the potential there. Not sure he’ll make as many guys miss at our level, but he has good leg drive." Edholm compares the 5-foot-10, 215-pounder to Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore and notes that Kamara "[a]lways seems to be falling forward for extra yardage." He is a borderline Day 1 prospect, but should he fall to Day 2, he does not figure to be sitting around for long before he hears his name called.
Apr 22 - 2:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that six quarterbacks will be drafted within the first 60 picks.

For reference's sake, the Cowboys hold pick No. 60 near the end of the second round. Brugler checks off locks in Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Pat Mahomes and DeShone Kizer, then forwards Cal's Davis Webb and Pitt's Nathan Peterman as two more that he expects to be drafted in the top-60. As for darkhorses to crash that party, Brugler named Miami's Brad Kaaya and Tennessee's Josh Dobbs as two possible sleepers to watch.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said that Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs is "going to go early second round if he doesn’t sneak into the late first."

McShay made his rather bold prediction while making an appearance on Mike & Mike on Thursday. He also said that he would rather use a second-round pick on Dobbs than a first-round pick on Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, Pat Mahomes or DeShone Kizer. The analyst's draft-partner-in-crime, Mel Kiper Jr. is also very high on Dobbs and suggested a second- or third-round selection while on a recent conference call. While there are aspects of the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder's game which intrigue us -- he is off-the-charts smart and boasts real athletic chops -- his extreme inconsistency as a passer makes even a second-round pick feel a bit heavy.
Source: Draftwire
Apr 20 - 4:29 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who believes Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara could start for the Packers.

"He’s a hell of a lot better than (Ty) Montgomery," the scout said. Other evaluators were not as thrilled, calling Kamara as secondary back or passing down role player, bringing up that he didn't even start at Tennesee until Jalen Hurd left the program. Kamara likely has enough fans in the NFL to be a top 50 pick.
Apr 20 - 11:39 AM

Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett is visiting the Eagles on Monday.

The Eagles have a need at the edge and Barnett could fit that bill. While Barnett does have the potential to land as a top-10 pick, Philadelphia at No. 14 is very much in his range. He has also reportedly put in recent visits with the Cowboys and Buccaneers. The 6-foot-3, 259-pounder was one of the most statistically-productive players in this draft pool, but does not have quite the same type of athletic quick-twitch as a Myles Garrett. Or as Pro Football Focus' Michael Reiner put it, Barnett is a "special talent, just without special athleticism."
Apr 17 - 1:42 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara to former Cardinals RB Thomas Jones.

"Ascending, competitive runner who has flashed explosive NFL talent at various times over the last two seasons," Zierlein wrote. "A committed runner with excellent balance who finds yardage that isn't blocked for him." Kamara was curiously underused at Tennessee, never attempting even 20 rushes in a single game. He was, however, flashy when used, accruing 23 touchdowns in only 284 touches for the Vols. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder has either visited or is scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. Kamara is projected to be chosen on Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 12:02 PM


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