UT tops at producing NFL draftees

UT tops at producing NFL draftees

Depending on which website you visit, the Tennessee Vols rank either first or second in stocking National Football League rosters.

Depending on which website you visit, the Tennessee Vols rank either first or second in stocking National Football League rosters.

Former Dallas Cowboys player/personnel director Gil Brandt, in an NFL Draft notes column posted on packers.com, says UT has the best nine-year draft record among NCAA schools. He writes:

The University of Tennessee has seen 60 of its players get selected over the past nine years, more than any other school. Florida State is next with 58, followed by Nebraska with 53 and Ohio State with 52. In that same span, Ohio State has had the most players picked in the top 10 overall picks with seven. Penn State has seen six of its players go in that same span, as has Florida State. Texas and Florida are next in line with five.

UT is almost as successful in a ratings system devised by John Clayton for espn.com. Under the heading ''Former SEC players fill NFL rosters,'' he noted that: ''The hotter schools for producing players that are NFL ready follow: 1. Miami, 2. Tennessee, 3. Florida, 4. Georgia, 5. Michigan.''

Of Tennessee, Clayton writes:

The SEC is the NFL's most consistent hotbed for talent, but the Vols have the conference championship in the past five years. Last year, 10 Vols were drafted. Three went in the first round -- defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth (Tennessee) and John Henderson (Jacksonville) and wide receiver Donté Stallworth (New Orleans). Stallworth is one of the most exciting young deep threats in the NFL. Haynesworth should become a dominating disruptor in the middle of the Titans defensive line. What the Volunteers do best, though, is produce running backs. They lead the NFL with seven running backs. Jamal Lewis is a Ravens power back who can help carry the team to a Super Bowl. Travis Henry came on last season to become the Bills franchise halfback and just signed a contract extension this week.

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