Former Vols post strong results at NFL Combine

Former UT quarterback Tyler Bray runs a drill at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday.

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Former UT quarterback Tyler Bray runs a drill at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday.

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.

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Comments » 19

8inarow writes:

Slash hit 80% of the trash cans with a beer bottle. Much improved over last year.

lstbodeanvol writes:

HA HA HA AND HOW MANY FLORIDA QBS ARE LEADING TEAMS IN THE NFL ???? ZIP NADA......THATS RIGHT AND WHO WAS THE #1 RATED QB IN THE NFL THIS YEAR ? YES IT WAS PEYTON....PITIFUL TROLL GO VOLS !

8inarow writes:

in response to lstbodeanvol:

HA HA HA AND HOW MANY FLORIDA QBS ARE LEADING TEAMS IN THE NFL ???? ZIP NADA......THATS RIGHT AND WHO WAS THE #1 RATED QB IN THE NFL THIS YEAR ? YES IT WAS PEYTON....PITIFUL TROLL GO VOLS !

Peyton? The guy who could never beat the Gators? The same guy who choked again in the playoffs? THAT Peyton?

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Am I wrong in recalling that Dallas Thomas came to UT at about 260 pounds? Kinda calls out those who grade O-lineman based only on their weight. I might be wrong on that detail...regardless...best of luck to the hard working four year Vol, Mr. Thomas.

rb4346 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Slash hit 80% of the trash cans with a beer bottle. Much improved over last year.

Man you sure are obsessed with beer bottles and trash cans aren't you. Maybe if Tyler doesn't make it in the NFL you could hire him to throw beer bottles at you at your birthday party. Good grief dude, you need to get a life.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Slash hit 80% of the trash cans with a beer bottle. Much improved over last year.

check that b ball score 8

pcshowtime writes:

oh what a real coach could have done with this talent.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Slash hit 80% of the trash cans with a beer bottle. Much improved over last year.

He could probably hit you in the head with 8 beer bottles. Maybe it would improve your intelligence.

lomas98 writes:

Darick scored points for honesty about his dismissal. Funny, I don't think we ever heard that from his coach. Why now? Can someone get the cliff notes from the reporter he told?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

He could probably hit you in the head with 8 beer bottles. Maybe it would improve your intelligence.

nothing could improve the intelligence of 8inarow.Not even tonight's bb game.How many times have the Vols beaten the chompers from Gainsville ?

rb4346 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Peyton? The guy who could never beat the Gators? The same guy who choked again in the playoffs? THAT Peyton?

How about discussing Billy Donovan trying to beat Cuonzo Martin, the Gutors have a hard time beating the VOLS. You need to be posting on the Gutor line, Gutor boy. !!!GBO!!!

rb4346 writes:

in response to lomas98:

Darick scored points for honesty about his dismissal. Funny, I don't think we ever heard that from his coach. Why now? Can someone get the cliff notes from the reporter he told?

Would be interesting to hear the story.

rb4346 writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

oh what a real coach could have done with this talent.

Agree with you, I think there would have been 8 or 9 wins IMO!

SeaBassHauling writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Am I wrong in recalling that Dallas Thomas came to UT at about 260 pounds? Kinda calls out those who grade O-lineman based only on their weight. I might be wrong on that detail...regardless...best of luck to the hard working four year Vol, Mr. Thomas.

You are correct....! Out Louisiana....and he was one of Fulmers last recruits

SeaBassHauling writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Peyton? The guy who could never beat the Gators? The same guy who choked again in the playoffs? THAT Peyton?

Peyton didn't choke in the playoffs....the defensive staff and the players who let that throw up and prayer pass did....! Peyton's been in the league since 98'..... Ring a bell Mr8...!!! Peyton's not young anymore and that game got very cold late and it should've never happened in the first place...! Peyton had them in position to win the game and the D gave it up...! That's like seeing a Florida team playing in the north that late and cold....Plzzzzzzz I lived in Florida and I know what the record for Florida teams playing in the north in the cold...!

GreeneVol writes:

Bray weighs 232 lbs, only 10 less than Rivera? Hard to believe. Sounds like a typo..

GreeneVol writes:

I guess not; confirmed here:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/pl...

Another article on Tyler:

http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/0ap1...

Best of luck to all the Vols in the draft!

UTvols33 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Slash hit 80% of the trash cans with a beer bottle. Much improved over last year.

At least he doesn't wear jorts. :)

KevDVol writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Peyton? The guy who could never beat the Gators? The same guy who choked again in the playoffs? THAT Peyton?

Yes! '97 SEC Champion, '97 SEC Championship MVP, '06 NFL Superbowl XLI Champion/MVP, '09 AFC Champion, 4 x NFL MVP and 12 x NFL Pro-Bowler PEYTON MANNING. Yes, THAT Peyton.

I think it's safe to say that the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year has clearly moved on. So should you.

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