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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

SEC Country's Mike Griffith writes that Tennessee junior QB Quinten Dormady has been "1A" in this spring's competition to replace Joshua Dobbs.

Redshirt freshman gunslinger Jarrett Guarantano would be the "1B" in this situation. Griffith sees it in this fashion due to the reps that have been doled out this spring and notes that "Dormady has appeared sharper in the drill work." Guarantano was considered the favorite to win the job this offseason. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Dormady ranked as a four-star recruit in the 2015 class on both Rivals and ESPN. One possibility, here, that we have seen in numerous other incarnations -- Tennessee may be using the more experienced Dormady to push the more green Guarantano, with the hope being that Guarantano will ultimately win the job. This competition figures to stretch into August.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 14 - 5:40 PM

Pro Football Focus' Michael Reiner wrote that Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett's "athleticism numbers are certainly concerning, but they aren’t devastatingly prohibitive."

Barnett is a player who turned in a fantastically productive career at Tennessee -- he exits stage left as the program's sack leader -- but nagging questions regarding his athleticism have persisted throughout the process. It doesn't help matters that Barnett was limited by illness at the Combine and a hamstring strain on pro day. Reiner believes the 6-foot-3, 259-pounder's ability as a pass-rusher trumps any concerns about his overall athletic prowess, writing that he is "a special talent, just without special athleticism." Barnett has graded higher than Myles Garrett on PFF each of the last two seasons. He is a likely top-20 pick and it wouldn't shock us if he was selected within or very near to the top-10.
Apr 13 - 7:00 PM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara has either visited or will visit the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers.

Philadelphia, Minnesota and Carolina all figure to be looking for runners fairly early on in the Draft. Kamara may not be a lead back in the traditional sense, but he's explosive, comes with good size and will bring real value to both the passing and return games of his new organization. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder is projected to be chosen on Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) later this month.
Apr 13 - 2:55 PM

Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett visited the Cowboys and Bucs recently, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Falcons also put Barnett through a private workout. As of now, Barnett seems to be the favorite for the Bengals at No. 9, but a few different teams will have their eye on him shortly after that. The NFL certainly loves his collegiate production. He wins with bend and motor.
Apr 11 - 8:46 AM

A personnel executive with an NFC team believes that Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin's 2016 shoulder injury "could drop him quite a bit."

Reeves-Maybin suffered a season-ending shoulder injury early in the 2016 campaign. He subsequently underwent surgery, his second shoulder surgery in under a year (he also had a procedure to repair a torn labrum last spring). Said the personnel executive, "He can play MIKE or WILL in a Tampa 2, and he has really good cover talent. You love his production but he's got those narrow shoulders and his frame is maxed out." The 6-foot, 230-pounder is no sure bet to get drafted.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 2:14 PM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara visited the Panthers and Vikings.

Vikings beat writer Darren Wolfson previously reported the Vikings visit. The Panthers are expected to add a running back early in the draft and will rely on that player to be a primary ball carrier for the bulk of their contract. We aren't saying Kamara can't do that, but he hasn't in the past. That is the biggest projection in Kamara's evaluation.
Apr 6 - 9:45 AM

Pro Football Focus compared Tennessee WR Josh Malone to Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams.

"Williams has good size and speed, bringing a big-play dynamic to the Chargers’ offense," PFF's analysis team writes. "While Malone isn’t as good of an all-around athlete, his size, speed, and big-play ability are comparable." Malone aced Combine testing with a 4.41s 40-yard dash. He also boasts an NFL-ready 6-foot-3, 208-pound frame. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps the wideout with a third-round designation. Malone makes for an interesting mid-round option in an underrated receiving class.
Apr 4 - 5:17 PM


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