49ers pick Parys in Round 5

Posted Apr 30, 2006

Former Tennessee defensive end Parys Haralson had to wait until Round 5 to find a home in the NFL but the time spent may prove well worth the wait.

Haralson became the second UT player selected in the 2006 NFL Draft when he was tabbed by the San Francisco 49ers with the 140th pick today. Listed as 6-1 and 253 pounds, he is considered a tad small for an NFL defensive end. He could be big enough to find a spot in San Francisco’s 3-4 defensive scheme, however.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had this to say about Haralson: “If you’re a Parys Haralson, you’re disappointed you go in Round 5 but you go to a team where you’ve got a chance – if you’re up to the task – to start as a rookie.”

That’s because the 49ers lost some of their better defenders to free agency this offseason. They spent one of their first-round draft picks on another undersized defensive end, 6-4, 240-pound Manny Lawson of North Carolina State. Both Lawson and Haralson could wind up playing hybrid rush end/outside linebacker positions in the fall.

Like former Vol defensive back Jason Allen (taken by Miami in Round 1), Haralson was a two-time captain for the Vols. Originally from Flora, Miss., Haralson was a second-team All-SEC pick as a senior after leading UT in big plays with 22.5. He was incredibly consistent for the Big Orange, recording 44 tackles as a sophomore, 43 as a junior and 45 as a senior.

Best known for his pass-rushing ability, Haralson led the 2005 Vols in sacks (8.5) and hurries (12). He also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage. In addition to his sacks, he recorded 8 more minus-yardage stops. One of the team’s biggest hitters, he forced three fumbles and recovered two.

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