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Tennessee WR Alton "Pig" Howard
Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter both left Tennessee early to take their shots at the NFL, and both performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend. Throw former Vol Da'Rick Rogers into the mix, and Vol fans are left wondering what might have been had the three been able to play through their senior seasons on Rocky Top.
But what's done is done, and while the future may be bright now that first-year head coach Butch Jones has taken over, the wide receiver position is very much a question mark.
Junior Vincent Dallas, sophomore Alton "Pig" Howard, junior Jacob Carter and freshman Paul Harris will all have the chance to make an impression on the new coaching staff this spring.
Of the group, Dallas is the most experienced. The 5'11", 187-pounder caught nine passes for 149 yards and one touchdown last season. He can be either a deep threat or a dynamic playmaker in space.
At 5'8", 185, Howard is a perfect fit to be a slot receiver in an offense that loves to spread the ball around. He was banged up a bit last season, but can be a star when healthy.
Harris could be the sleeper. The 6'4", 195-pounder signed in 2013 and enrolled early, which will be incredibly beneficial as he looks to secure a spot in the lineup.
Post-Spring Prediction: Dallas and Howard will be the front-runners, but MarQuez North will have something for each of them this summer.