The Tennessee Volunteers do not have many players expected to go in the 2016 NFL Draft, but some have a chance. Here are the 10 with the most potential.
A year after the first NFL Draft since 1963 in which no Tennessee Vols player was taken, the picture does not look much better this year. To be fair, that is mostly good news since it’s due to the fact that the football program has so many players coming back.
But it is also a testament to how far the football program has fallen.
For context, the Vols have had a grand total of 10 players taken in the past five NFL Drafts. By comparison, they had 11 players taken in one NFL Draft the previous decade and filled NFL rosters for two decades spanning from the end of the Johnny Majors era to the beginning of the disastrous Derek Dooley era.
Then lackluster recruiting, the depletion of rosters, and lack of success on the football field in general cost the Vols severely in the past few drafts.
Although this one is likely to be the same, there are a few players with potential in this year’s draft. Technically, Tennessee has 17 players eligible to be taken in the draft.
Realistically, it would be unlikely to see five of their players taken in the draft. But all of these players have a chance to potentially surprise everybody, so it makes sense to at least give them a bit of recognition.
Here are the 10 Vols with the most potential in this year’s NFL Draft.