Parys to be a first-round pick?

Tennessee hasn't produced a Round 1 NFL Draft pick since John Henderson, Donte' Stallworth and Albert Haynesworth were first-rounders in 2002. But one respected national publication thinks that drought may be about to end.

In its annual NFL Draft Guide, Pro Football Weekly projects that Vol defensive end Parys Haralson will be picked by the Seattle Seahawks with Pick No. 31 in the Draft, scheduled April 29-30 in New York City. That would make Haralson the next-to-last pick in Round 1.

PFW rates Haralson No. 5 among defensive end prospects behind Mario Williams of North Carolina State, Kamerion Wimbley of Florida State, Mathius Kiwanuka of Boston College and Tamba Hali of Penn State. All five are projected to be first-round picks later this month.

Haralson is one of six Vols projected to be drafted but the only one pegged to go in the first two rounds.

PFW ranks Jason Allen No. 9 among safety prospects but, because of a hip injury that curtailed his senior year, projects him to last until Round 3 or 4.

Omar Gaither is ranked No. 9 among outside linebackers. He, too, is rated a Round 3 or 4 prospect.

Gerald Riggs is rated No. 14 among running backs and tabbed to go in Round 4 or 5.

Jesse Mahelona is ranked No. 14 among defensive tackles and projected to go in Round 4 or 5.

Tony McDaniel, who elected to bypass his senior season, is ranked No. 15 among defensive tackles and also projected to go in Round 4 or 5.

Five Vols are listed among the "Best of the Rest" at their positions, meaning they are borderline Draft prospects. The five are Kevin Simon, rated No. 17 among outside linebackers; junior Rob Smith, rated No. 22 among guards; Cody Douglas, rated No. 24 among guards; Albert Toeaina, rated No. 25 among offensive tackles; Chris Hannon, ranked No. 34 among wide receivers.

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