The 2010 NFL Draft: The Top Five Tennessee Volunteers Prospects
Tennessee may have underachieved on the field this fall, but there's still a lot of talent left over from Ol' Phil. They consistently put players on the pro gridiron, with 37 as of this season, that's one more than the big UF had in the NFL.
Tennessee has excellent players on both sides of the ball. This draft class will bring a variety of playing styles to the NFL from speedy and creative, to sheer, brute power.
OT Chris Scott, 6'5", 346 pounds
Draft Projection: 5th-6th rounds
Scott might not have the speed or quickness to play in the NFL, but he definitely has the body to play left tackle. At the Senior Bowl, Scott struggled with the speedier pass rushers, but he could move to guard and excel against the slower, less agile interior linemen.
QB Jonathan Crompton; 6'4", 228 pounds
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round.
Yeah, he's projected this high.
Crompton improved greatly this year and showed off his NFL arm against SEC opponents Georgia and South Carolina. In early workouts, he ran a faster 40 time than Tim Tebow.
13 NFL teams sent GMs to watch this guy workout. If he gets a smart QB coach and some sure-handed WRs, "Cromp Daddy" could develop into a decent pro quarterback.
RB Montario Hardesty; 6'0" 215 pounds
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
Watching Tennessee football this season, I couldn't get over Hardesty's metamorphosis. He went from being in Fat Phil's doghouse to being Tennessee's most consistent offensive threat.
He's a straight ahead runner with fire and desire. He'll probably be a good goal line back. If he adds speed, Montario could develop into a Jamal Lewis-like stud who runs like a raging bull.
DT Dan Williams; 6'2", 327 pounds
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round
Williams is definitely a physical specimen and with his run stuffing ability, he'll fit right in as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.
What sets him apart from other tackles is his leaping ability which was shown in the Senior Bowl when he knocked down 6'"6 QB stud Tony Pike's pass.
Dan Williams is a surefire NFL starter and could be a star if he cuts down his 40 time.
S Eric Berry; 5'11", 203 pounds
Draft Projection: Top five
After Ndamukong Suh, Berry is the top prospect in the 2010 NFL draft.
He has elite 4.4 speed and hits like a linebacker.
He's played corner, safety, and outside linebacker in Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 defense. After the pick, he uses his track star speed to take the rock to the house.
Eric Berry is the best NFL prospect to come out of Tennessee since Peyton Manning.