Vols wide receiver Justin Hunter didn’t have to wait long before his name was called on Friday night.
Hunter was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the NFL draft with the No. 34 overall pick. Hunter followed teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, who was selected Thursday night by the Minnesota Vikings, by only five picks.
The Titans traded up to select Hunter, much as the Vikings did for Patterson a night earlier.
UT said it was the first time the Vols have had two receivers selected in the NFL draft since 1998. Hunter is also the first UT player to be selected by the in-state pro football team since Jesse Mahelona in 1996.
Hunter, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., had a team-high 1,083 receiving yards for the Vols in 2012.
Former UT player Da’Rick Rogers, who was supposed to be part of the 2012 team before he was suspended for multiple failed drug tests, could be drafted later Friday night. Quarterback Tyler Bray and offensive lineman Dallas Thomas are also possibilities.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.