Prospects for former Vols in the NFL draft

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A look at the prospects for former Tennessee players hoping to hear their names called at the NFL draft.

MALIK JACKSON

Position: Defensive line.

UT career: 104 tackles, 26 takedowns for a loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception.

Projection: Third or fourth round.

TAUREN POOLE

Position: Running back.

UT career: 420 carries for 1,883 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns; 45 receptions for 343 yards and a touchdown.

Projection: Third or fourth round.

AUSTIN JOHNSON

Position: Linebacker or fullback.

UT career: 126 tackles, 10 takedowns for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, five interceptions; six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Projection: Seventh round or free agent.

MATT SIMMS

Position: Quarterback.

UT career: 18 games, 140-of-257 passing for 1,779 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Projection: Free agent.

— Austin Ward

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Comments » 27

rtrchatt writes:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

SevenT writes:

Fulmer NEVER had this sorry of a NFL draft

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

rtrchatt....To get you out of your mom's basement I found a little lady that has about as much class a you do....You two would be perfect for each other....

http://deepsouthsports.blogspot.com/2...

TheOpinion writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer NEVER had this sorry of a NFL draft

You must have missed the last few classes. I remember one year we only had Robert Ayers get drafted.

The reason this year's class is so weak is directly cause of Phil, Kiffin, and the coaching changes. We had like 8 seniors last year.

Most people blame Dooley for a crappy season but just remember that even a crappy chef can make a great meal, but not even a great chef can make a good meal out of crappy ingredients.

SevenT writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

You must have missed the last few classes. I remember one year we only had Robert Ayers get drafted.

The reason this year's class is so weak is directly cause of Phil, Kiffin, and the coaching changes. We had like 8 seniors last year.

Most people blame Dooley for a crappy season but just remember that even a crappy chef can make a great meal, but not even a great chef can make a good meal out of crappy ingredients.

You are judging a 30 year coaching career Fulmer had as an assistant and head Coach by 1 bad season. That is unrealistic. Sometimes you don't know what you had until it is gone.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to SevenT:

You are judging a 30 year coaching career Fulmer had as an assistant and head Coach by 1 bad season. That is unrealistic. Sometimes you don't know what you had until it is gone.

One? Is that as high as you can count? For all that talent that Fulmer brought in and sent on to the NFL, how many times did he win the SEC vice Florida and Spurrier? Face it, Fulmer's ability to compete was diminishing. And where we are today isn't the natural result of firing Fulmer. It is the result of Kiffin abandoning the ship.

The_Ghost_of_Neyland writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

Yeah, and to support your team during the draft, I will throw on a mullet wig (aka the Mississippi Mudflap), rip my sleeves off, get me a pair of tight jorts, and refuse to brush my teeth all weekend. Roll Tide!!!

voloffaith writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

Go see my post to you on the article about those who left Tennessee and their nfl prospects. Grow up and move on for once in your life. If this is your existence then I feel badly for you. Go ride the Incline and breath fresh air maybe your head will clear and you get some direction in life. Bye Bye....

jkleno#393970 writes:

Great reflection of the talent of the upperclassmen at UT. Other than a USC transfer, NO ONE will be drafted. Poole a 4th round pick??? Are you kidding me. He couldn't find his way out of a paper bag and is as slow as molasses.

Timbo_Slice writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer NEVER had this sorry of a NFL draft

Fulmer's last class were seniors last year...so what is your point? This is what was left to work with and why the Vols have had 2 losing seasons back to back. The best player TN has in the draft was a DD recruit!

Razor784 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer NEVER had this sorry of a NFL draft

The true seniors in this class were Fulmer recruits so he's partly responsible for the lack of talent, in his prime there was nobody better, but towards the end there was a big drop off.

chattabluetick writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

Lots of roll turd fans in Chatttown. They all came back out of woodwork with shiny new tags for their cars and new elephants after Saban got there and started winning. It all runs in cycles before 07 Tennessee had won 10 of twelve against them and you couldn't find a tide fan around here.Right now its high tide but things have a way of changing. To be the greatest of all-time Bama has 814 wins to Tennessee's 794 wins not much of a difference in over 100 years of football. Enjoy while it lasts but the one constant in life and football is change. It won't last forever Bammer. Kudos to Bama, the football they have been playing the last few years is pretty awesome. Should have about 5 drafted in first round tomorrow night.

TNVolunteers57 writes:

The Vols will be producing first round talent in less than two years. Just be patient and eventually our Vols will be back on top of that college football mountain they call the BCS.
GBO!

Theo writes:

in response to SevenT:

You are judging a 30 year coaching career Fulmer had as an assistant and head Coach by 1 bad season. That is unrealistic. Sometimes you don't know what you had until it is gone.

Wyoming.

Tennfan4075 writes:

I think the poor state of the football program at Tennessee is no better evidenced than when you have fans arguing over whether former players will be drafted in the fourth, fifth, sixth rounds or if they are free agents, those are the type of players that get you beat in the SEC. No better example reflects this better than the three running backs for the Vols in the spring game, these guys are not potential AA players they are very average, true you have depth but average depth and the AA linebacker or defensive end on the other team will still tackle any of the three in the backfield for lost yardage.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

He might not be a 10 sack per year guy. But I can't help but think Malik Jackson is gonna be a solid player for a really long time. Somebody's gonna get a steal when they pick him. Heard that the Titans could be looking at him in the 4th.

jjsteel writes:

in response to SevenT:

You are judging a 30 year coaching career Fulmer had as an assistant and head Coach by 1 bad season. That is unrealistic. Sometimes you don't know what you had until it is gone.

i know! thank goodness its gone.

VolCrazie5 writes:

Matt Simms hahahahahahahhahaha

Chappy writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

All the Vols get to watch the NFL Draft aka the Alabama recruiting infomercial sponsored by Coach Nick Saban.

Perfect seasons out of Chattanooga. Where are you skippy????? I would hide
as well lol.....

It makes me sad to think of all the men who died defending the freedoms of this great country so this tool can have his freedom of speech.

VolzsFan writes:

No, the Hall of Famer never had this weak of a class. Of course, he also left Lane 8 bonefied NFL players. He had 6 drafted that year. He had 3 of the 5 lineman play in the NFL. Lane ran off the center who would have been drafted. Lane lost about 40 players and many of them are/will be NFL players. It appears that from Lane's one class, there will be no one left to run through the T on SR. night much less play in the league.

Just because Phil made winning at unprecedented levels at UT look easy, does not mean it is easy. The proof is starting to prove itself every passing year. I miss the almost 10 wins per year with an 11 game schedule for 16 years.

Enjoy the change.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Rich; you are spot on about Malik Jackson. Some NFL team will get a solid DT. I hope it is the Titans. I'd like to see Poole get a chance but think he may be small for a tailback. Come on people, give Simms a break. At least he is reaching for his dream.

SummittsCourt writes:

To all of you commenters being negative about this year's draft class all I want to know is what round were you drafted in?

<<<< Silence is golden >>>>

CoverOrange writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

To all of you commenters being negative about this year's draft class all I want to know is what round were you drafted in?

<<<< Silence is golden >>>>

I'm trying to see how that is relevant. Mel Kiper is the biggest mouth on ESPN concerning the draft and I'm pretty sure he was never drafted.

<<<Facts are platinum>>>

orangeman1 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

One? Is that as high as you can count? For all that talent that Fulmer brought in and sent on to the NFL, how many times did he win the SEC vice Florida and Spurrier? Face it, Fulmer's ability to compete was diminishing. And where we are today isn't the natural result of firing Fulmer. It is the result of Kiffin abandoning the ship.

Well Fulmer won the East over Florida in 97,98,01,04, and 07. So, 5 out of his last 12 years. Including less than a year before he got fired. The result of Fulmer's firing and Kiffin's leaving cause alot of players to leave the program so there's no telling how good some of them might of been had there been stability for them. Luckily, we still have some of Fulmer's recruits that are still contributing like Rivera, Bartholemew, Lathers, Bohannon, Fowlkes, D Thomas, P Waggoner, and Wilkes. Add them to the other talent on the roster and I would suspect that next year UT will be better represented in the draft. Dooley has done a good job at bringing in talent and rebuilding depth that was lost due to all the coaching changes.

UTKin1992 writes:

Thus far, Dooley's recruits couldn't be drafted in the army much less the NFL. The faster Hart cans the attorney, the faster we can return to relevance.

wagee12 writes:

in response to SevenT:

You are judging a 30 year coaching career Fulmer had as an assistant and head Coach by 1 bad season. That is unrealistic. Sometimes you don't know what you had until it is gone.

What a doltz. Big Pappa Plump had two losing seasons in his last four. He won two SEC championships in 16 friggin years. This draft fiasco was a direct result of his lousy recruiting as were the last four years of Vol football. He barely had a .500 record against teams that finished seasons with a winning record. If he is such a great coach, why hasn't anyone hired him after he lobbied for several jobs? Moron

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

Fulmer was a lying backstabber who actively campaigned to remove a true Tennessee legend and have himself installed as Head Coach. As with all tinhorn dictators, he began to believe his own press releases. He thought he was bigger than the Program, the University and the State. He got what he deserved. Relegated to the dust bin of sports history.

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