Old Vols, New Cities: Predicting Tennessee’s NFL Draft Scenarios

Old Vols, New Cities: Predicting Tennessee’s NFL Draft Scenarios

This is a very talented draft class for the Tennessee Volunteers. The possibility of two Vols going in the first round isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and Josh Dobbs has been flying up the draft board.

It’s hard to peg exactly where players are going to land because the amount of trades that happen around draft time is at an all time high. In 2016, there were 59 different trades around the draft!

So based on team need, position and history, here are some predictions on where these former Vols will land.

Derek Barnett

1st Round – #9  

This is my favorite destination for Barnett. It makes him a top ten pick and he’ll continue to play in a 4-3 scheme.

1st Round – #11 

The Saints traded away Brandin Cooks this offseason to concentrate on the defensive side of the ball. Barnett would fit perfectly off the edge going after Matt Ryan, Cam Newton & Jameis Winston six times a year.

1st Round – #19 

This is a reach because I don’t think Barnett falls this far but if he does, Tampa wouldn’t pass on the former Vol.

 

Alvin Kamara

1st Round – #15 

This prediction is predicated on when Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook & Christian McCaffrey get off the board. The Colts need to replace Frank Gore and Kamara could be the man for the job.

1st Round – #29 

Best case scenario for Kamara is to land in Green Bay. He would thrive with Aaron Rodgers as his QB.

2nd Round – #39 

The Jets need running back help and Kamara would add to a passing attack that is still looking for their signal caller.

Josh Dobbs

3rd Round – #71  

I don’t think this would be a good fit because I’m not sold on Ken Whisenhunt as a coach but I do think that the Chargers are in play. Dobbs could sit behind Phillip Rivers and possibly take over in a few years.

3rd Round – #104 

Dobbs would be competing with former Vol QB Tyler Bray as the backup. The system is what makes this a possible destination. Alex Smith isn’t getting younger and Dobbs could thrive with Andy Reid.

3rd Round – #105 

Ben Roethlisberger usually gets hurt at least once per season because of the way he plays. A great fit for Dobbs in Pittsburgh and maybe early playing time.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin

 

4th Round – #139 

This is a stretch in round four, but the Eagles are a team that could use Reeves-Maybin. Philadelphia needs LB help and Reeves-Maybin proved at Tennessee that he can play special teams.

6th Round – #193 

The Bengals need to continue to add depth to their linebacking corps. Reeves-Maybin has to convince teams that his shoulder is healed and ready for action

7th Round – #227 

I think the former Vols team captain will be drafted before the 7th round but if he ends up free falling to the final round, look for the Bears to make a play on him.

Cam Sutton

2nd Round – #43  

This would be a major win for Sutton. The Eagles need secondary help and Sutton would turn a injury filled senior season into a 2nd round pick.

3rd Round – #75 

The Bills have to replace Stephon Gilmore after losing him to the Patriots in the offseason. Sutton could help fill that void in the 3rd round.

4th Round – #114 

Sutton’s Senior Bowl performance was really good, but his stock dropped during his senior season. The Redskins could draft Sutton at the top of round 4 and be happy with the value of the pick.

Josh Malone

3rd Round – #107

Besides Eric Decker, the Jets have no one to throw to. Malone would be a good addition even though a 3rd round draft pick would be a stretch. New York is desperate for a playmaker.

4th Round – #132  

The Chiefs would be a perfect fit for Malone. The speed of Tyreek Hill, the size of tight end Travis Kelce and the deep threat of Josh Malone would make Alex Smith a happy man.

6th Round – #189  

Jared Goff needs help and needs help fast. Malone would provide that to the Rams offense right out of the gate and new head coach Sean McVay would be getting good value if they grabbed Malone in the 6th round.

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