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NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers as the fifth best prospect at the position.

McCullers obviously has rare size, measuring in at 6'7/352 lbs at the Combine, but he tends to play with poor posture and bad balance, which leads to getting blown off the ball. There are flashes of special traits, albeit tremendous inconsistencies. We prefer prospects like Caraun Reid and Zach Kerr, and would not be surprised to see McCullers land in the later portions of day three.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 10:56 AM

Tennessee junior WR Alton Howard will take a leave of absence during spring practices.

It hasn't been determined how long he'll be away from the team. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said Howard is dealing with personal issues, but declined to comment further due to privacy policies. Howard finished second on the team with 388 receiving yards and hauled in three touchdown catches as a sophomore in 2013.
Mar 5 - 7:15 PM

Tennessee T Antonio Richardson posted an official 5.30-second forty time at the NFL Combine.

"Tiny" posted unofficial runs of 5.22 and 5.19 seconds, respectively, while his unofficial 10-yard split time came in at 1.81. Richardson possesses the agility and sheer strength to be a long-term option at either right or left tackle. Richardson would be a sure first-rounder if he had performed more consistently for the Vols, but his quality of play vacillates too wildly.
Feb 22 - 3:33 PM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James ran an official 5.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL's combine.

James, who is hoping to impress scouts after being forced out of the Senior Bowl due to a knee sprain, posted unofficial runs of 5.25 and 5.28 seconds. He ran the 10-yard split twice and was clocked at 1.82 seconds both times, a decent showing. James projects as a third- to fourth-round pick. NFL.com's Gil Brandt likens him to Titans RT David Stewart.
Feb 22 - 2:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler stated that Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James plans to do a full workout at the Combine.

"OT Ja'Wuan James was knocked out of Senior Bowl with a knee sprain but he plans to do a full workout here," Brugler tweeted. Over the four years at Tennessee, James had 49 starts in 49 games for the Volunteers. Unfortunately for James, he sprained his knee during Senior Bowl week, but put on a strong outing in front of scouts. He currently projects as a third-to fourth-round pick. NFL.com's Gil Brandt likens him to Titans RT David Stewart.
Feb 20 - 6:27 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah debuted Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James at No. 50 on his Top-50 rankings.

Jeremiah wrote a column praising James last week, so this ranking is hardly a surprise. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, it should be noted, disagrees with Jeremiah and doesn't see Top-50 selection potential in James. James "has an ideal frame but he needs to develop his upper body," wrote Jeremiah. "He is an excellent pass blocker. He has the foot quickness to slide/mirror athletic edge rushers. Against power rushers, he is able to lockout his arms and keep his chest clean despite carrying his hands very low in his pass set. In the run game, he has the lower strength to seal/wall-off defenders at the point of attack and he is athletic enough to pick off linebackers at the second level. He does need to work on dropping his pad level in the run and pass game."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 9:25 PM

Tennessee senior-to-be LB A.J. Johnson was arrested on Saturday.

The charges against Johnson and two others with ties to the Tennessee program, current defensive tackle Danny O'Brien and former linebacker Dontavis Sapp, were not disclosed. Head coach Butch Jones acknowledged the arrests but offered no further comment in terms of a punishment. Johnson has generated buzz for two seasons, but we think he is a limited player who wins between the tackles and moving in a straight line.
Source: Nooga
Feb 9 - 10:47 AM

NFl.com's Daniel Jeremiah notes Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James has been a nice surprise during the draft analyst's film study.

James "does a nice job using his length in pass pro," according to Jeremiah. The Volunteer exited Senior Bowl week early due to a sprained knee. Our own Josh Norris does not see eye to eye with Jeremiah here, but James does have plenty of experience at right tackle in the SEC.
Feb 8 - 11:00 AM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James won't play in the Senior Bowl after suffering a knee sprain in practice.

We've read no additional reports detailing the severity of James' injury. We don't think his durability will be questioned by scouts, as James set a Tennessee record with 49 career starts in Knoxville. Prior to the injury, he was enjoying a productive week of practice. NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote on Monday that James reminds him of Titans RT David Stewart.
Jan 22 - 11:30 AM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James reminds NFL.com's Gil Brandt of Titans RT David Stewart.

Specifically when Stewart entered the NFL from Mississippi State in 2005. "He's strong but doesn't have great feet (would have difficult time at LT)," Brandt wrote. "He's mean and tough. Did good job on Jadeveon Clowney when the South Carolina defensive end lined up on James' side. Good run-blocker. Could find his way into the third round with a good showing this week [at the Senior Bowl]." James has been overshadowed at Tennessee by Dallas Thomas and Antonio Richardson, but he's big (6-6 1/8 and 315 pounds) and talented and will draw the spotlight from scouts.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 9:50 PM

Tennessee junior LB A.J. Johnson will return to school for his final year.

Jimmy Hyams adds draft analysts projected Johnson in the fourth- to fifth-round. The junior drew some preseason buzz, but he is a run stuffing linebacker who works best moving forward and between tackles. He could be a liability and plays and runs in space.
Jan 7 - 1:20 PM

Tennessee announced that junior OT Antonio "Tiny" Richardson will enter the NFL Draft.

Richardson will be selected on one of the draft's first days in May. Tiny would be a sure first-rounder if he performed more consistently, but his quality of play vacillates. Richardson possesses the agility and sheer strength to be a long-term option at either right or left tackle. He'll pass the eyeball test at the combine.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Rivals' No. 2 WR recruit Josh Malone has committed to Tennessee.

Malone is also Rivals' No. 20 overall recruit in the country. Malone could be paired with current freshman Marquez North, as long as the Vols find a consistent passer at quarterback. Malone is staying in state for college.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Former Tennessee DL Mo Couch has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Couch was ruled ineligible for much of the season after Yahoo! Sports' reported he received improper benefits. We aren't sure if Couch's talent matches the caliber usually found at the Senior Bowl, but this is a nice gesture for a prospect that missed much of his season. Head coach Butch Jones also said Couch is welcome to participate in the school's pro day.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Tennessee senior G Zach Fulton accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game.

The senior started the past three seasons while fulfilling his eligibility as a Volunteer. The 6-foot-5, 324-pounder isn't as heralded as Tennessee's tackles, but he's a powerful run blocker who shows good balance for a player his size.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 07:28:00 PM


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