Mychal Rivera: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Tennessee TE

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2013

Mychal Rivera: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Tennessee TE

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    The University of Tennessee was loaded with receiving prospects this past season, and Mychal Rivera was one of them.

    While Rivera wasn't in the same talent class as Justin Hunter or Cordarrelle Patterson, he still showed the ability to be a consistent threat on offense during his three seasons for the Volunteers. He's got the athleticism and pass-catching ability that teams currently love out of tight ends these days.

    Here are some things you need to know about Rivera, the former Tennessee tight end. 


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    Full Name: Mychal Rashawn Rivera

    Birthday: September 8, 1990

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    High School: Birmingham High School

    Major: Communication Studies

    Year: Senior


    Rivera was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school. He was the No. 39 overall tight end, according to

    Rivera helped his high school finish fourth-place in the final state rankings during his senior season.


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    Mychal Rivera was often overshadowed by other receivers during his time at the University of Tennessee. However, his statistics improved in each of his three seasons, as did his overall level of play.

    Rivera finished his career with 76 receptions, 1,018 yards and six touchdowns.

    2010 11 112 10.2 0
    2011 29 344 11.9 1
    2012 36 562 15.6 5


    All statistics courtesy of

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    Arm Length: 32-5/8"

    Hand Size: 10-1/4"


    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds

    Bench press: 17 reps

    Vertical jump: 31"

    Broad jump: 112"

    3 cone drill: 7.17 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.43 seconds


    While his overall showing at the combine wasn't overly impressive, Mychal Rivera did well enough in his position drills to warrant interest from NFL teams. Rivera stuck by his times at the Tennessee pro day, but once again showed good hands during pass-catching drills.


    All combine results courtesy of

Interesting Facts

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    There is a good possibility that even if Mychal Rivera becomes a top tight end in the NFL, he still won't be the most famous member of his family. 

    Rivera's sister, Naya Rivera, played Santana Lopez on the extremely popular show Glee. She was a main-cast member for the second, third and fourth seasons.

    While the NFL is certainly a popular sport, TV stars and movie stars always win the popularity contest.


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    It's rare for college players to know who is going to draft them, but Mychal Rivera is hoping that he'll get drafted by his former coach, Derek Dooley. According to Wes Rucker of, Rivera had this to say about who he wants to play for:

    Former Vols TE Mychal Rivera: "I'm trying to tell Dooley to draft me. I'm thinking I got an in there (with the Cowboys), but we'll see."

    — Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 20, 2013


    Rucker has also praised Rivera for how likable of an individual he is:

    Scouts at the NFL Combine will enjoy speaking with former Vols Dallas Thomas and Mychal Rivera. Hard not to like those two.

    — Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) February 21, 2013

    The common perception about Rivera is that he won't be high draft pick, but he'll be an all-round player in the NFL:

    As I finish up this vid, one last quick take on another UT guy I dig: Mychal Rivera. Just an all-around solid, day 3 TE prospect. I'm a fan.

    — BigRon (@BigRon281) April 18, 2013