Tennessee football: Top 10 Vols who weren’t first round NFL Draft picks

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Pick Analysis. 4th Overall Pick. Reggie White. 54. Scouting Report. 1984 Supplemental Draft. 1. player

Okay, so we’re cheating a bit here. Reggie White would have been taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, but he went to the USFL. And he was taken in the first round of the supplemental draft. But he still clearly belongs at the top of this list.

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One of the greatest Tennessee football players ever, White rivals Peyton Manning himself for the most successful NFL career ever. The guy was the all-time leader in sacks for years and the most feared force the league ever saw.

White of course was the Vols’ all-time leader in sacks before Derek Barnett broke the record in 2016. But then White went to the Memphis Showboats and helped them make it to the USFL Playoffs one year.

Then he went to the Eagles and began a 15-year run that was incredible with them and the Green Bay Packers. During that run, White had fewer than 10 sacks only once, and he made it to 13 straight Pro Bowls.

In 1996-97, White helped Brett Favre and the Packers win the Super Bowl, and they made it back in 1997-98 before losing in an upset to John Elway and the Denver Broncos. But with 13 Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl, his career was solidified. He added icing on the cake by playing for the Carolina Panthers in 2000 and getting five and a half sacks.

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Although he passed away in 2004, Reggie White remains one of the greatest legends the NFL ever had. He was feared by everybody in college, in the USFL and in the pros, and he was a former Vol who technically didn’t go in the first round of any official NFL Draft. As a result, he easily is ahead of everybody else on this list, and Jason Witten is the only one with a close case.