Some of the best pro Tennessee football players ever were selected late or not at all in the NFL Draft. Here are the Volunteers who were huge steals.
Every NFL Draft has huge steals in addition to busts. Just as the Tennessee Vols have produced busts, which we mentioned Tuesday, they have also produced major steals.
One look at Tennessee’s extensive history of NFL productivity makes it obvious that they would naturally have at least a few people who are late-round steals in the NFL Draft if they were taken at all.
In this post, we will take a look at those Vols who were major steals by NFL teams over the school’s history. This is ironic, in a way, because Tennessee football is most known in the NFL due to Peyton Manning, a No. 1 draft pick, and his longtime rival in the NFL was a steal himself, sixth-round draft pick Tom Brady.
But for all of its history of relevance, Tennessee has had numerous players that turned out to be major professional football successes despite going very low in the NFL Draft.
In fact, there were lots of players who had to be left off of this list because of how extensive it is. So for honorable mentions of recent times, we have to mention Trey Teague, David Martin, Cedrick Wilson, Parys Haralson, Marvin Mitchell, and Omar Gaither, all of whom were taken in the fifth to seventh round of the draft but had a solid career in the NFL, even starting at certain points.
As we evaluate other Vols who over-achieved at the NFL level, undrafted players obviously have to be included. Generally, these players were taken in the fifth to seventh rounds, but there is one major exception. Here is a look at the 10 Vols who were the biggest NFL Draft steals in Tennessee football history.