Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Jamal Lewis, Leonard Little, Jason Witten and Arain Foster—the list goes on. For quite some time, Tennessee was considered a heavy producer of NFL-talent. In the glory years under Phil Fulmer, the Volunteers rank fourth among all Division I schools with 83 players being drafted in the NFL.
In a blink of an eye, Fulmer was gone, and in came Lane Kiffin and shortly thereafter Derek Dooley. With 35 current Vols earning NFL paychecks, has the one-time NFL player-producing superpower slowed?
There is no doubt that fewer and fewer Vols seem to go pro after the Kiffin/Dooley takeover. But all signs point to a rebound, with several current players on the roster who are likely to be playing on Sundays in the near future.
Here are seven current Tennessee players who boast the most NFL promise.