WR Justin Hunter: A former track athlete, Hunter didn’t disappoint, registering an event-best 136-inch broad jump and a 39.5-inch vertical jump. His 4.44-second 40 time wasn’t as good as he had hoped, but still puts him among the Combine’s fastest players.
The biggest eyebrow-raiser was his weight, up to a more healthy 196 pounds from what his agent said was a playing weight of 180 — even though he was listed at 200 by UT.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson: His 4.42-second 40 time beat even super-fast teammate Hunter and his 37-inch vertical jump was very strong. Patterson is a fun player to watch, and analysts raved about his freakish athleticism.
Still, some said he wasn’t terribly impressive in interviews and feared he might face a steep learning curve from college. But those concerns aren’t likely to keep him out of the first round.
QB Tyler Bray: He was scrawny when he got to Tennessee, but Bray has continued to add weight, topping out 232 pounds for his Combine weigh-in.
Scouts raved about his arm strength and throwing ability. Some said he might be the best pure passer in the draft. But to break through the middle rounds, Bray will need to convince teams concerned about his mental makeup and the Vols’ losing seasons under his command.
OL Dallas Thomas: He played both offensive guard and tackle at UT and that flexibility could carry over to the NFL. A torn labrum kept him from competing at the Combine, but he was on hand to measure in at 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds and talk with interested teams.
He’s gotten good feedback from evaluators and many predict he won’t last into the third round.
TE Mychal Rivera: He scored invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, so his underdog story is off to a good start. At 6-3, 242 pounds, he’s just a little bit shy of being an NFL “blocking tight end,” but his athleticism (he ran a 4.81 in the 40) and soft hands could help make up for that.
NFL.com predicts he could be a late-round pickup for a team seeking a pass-catching tight end. That team could be getting a bargain.
Remember Them?: WR Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech), DT Montori Hughes (UT Martin) and CB Mike Edwards (Hawaii) also attended the Combine. Rogers was the standout, and he scored points for honesty in addressing his dismissal from UT last summer.