Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera will play professional football in his home state.
Rivera was selected by the Oakland Raiders Saturday in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He was the 184th overall selection.
Rivera was the first UT player drafted Saturday, joining receivers Cordarrelle Patterson (first round, Minnesota Vikings) and Justin Hunter (second round, Tennessee Titans) among drafted players.
Former UT defensive tackle Montori Hughes, who completed his career at UT-Martin, was picked in the fifth round by the Indianapolis Colts.
Rivera, a native of Valencia, Calif., who began his college career at Oregon, caught 36 passes for 562 yards in a strong senior season for the Vols in 2012.
His sister Naya is a noted actress who plays Santana Lopez on the television musical comedy “Glee.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.