Tennessee football hasn’t been successful getting players drafted in the NFL Draft for a couple of years now, but will that streak be broken this weekend?
Tennessee football has been the butt of the joke for the past few seasons throughout the SEC, most notably not being able to get too many players drafted in the NFL Draft. All that could change this weekend with the 2020 NFL Draft as some former Vols are prepared to go pro.
Although Tennessee hasn’t been very successful in developing players to get drafted in recent years, but a big part of that is because of the previous administration.
All of that could very easily change this weekend when the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off. It doesn’t look like we’ll see a Vol drafted on the first day, but the second and third days could be filled with different Vols being drafted based on recent mock drafts.
There are currently three players that are being mocked to be drafted between the third round and the seventh round.
First, Darrell Taylor is the highest rated Tennessee player in this draft, and he has the highest projections with consistently third round projections. Sporting News and NFL.com both have him going in the third round to the Raiders, CBS has him going to the Cardinals, and Sports Illustrated has him going to the Rams.
Jauan Jennings, on the other hand, is a bit all over the place. NFL.com has him going undrafted while CBS has him going in the sixth round to the Colts, Sports Illustrated also has him going in the sixth round to the Bears, and Sporting News has him going in the third round to the Saints.
Daniel Bituli is a bit on the edge of draft potential with only two of the four mock drafts have him being drafted. Sports Illustrated have him going in the sixth round to the Patriots, and Sporting News has him going in the seventh round to the Redskins. CBS and NFL.com have him going undrafted.
I assume all three of these players will get a chance to play in the NFL; even if they don’t get drafted, they’ll probably be signed as an undrafted free agent. All three of these guys could bring an actual impact to whatever team gives them the chance this fall.
The NFL Draft kicks off this Friday and will go on all weekend with its new virtual twist thanks to the coronavirus.