Branded by Brandt


Posted Jun 1, 2008


Incredibly, Tennessee has not had an offensive lineman selected in Round 1 of the NFL Draft since 1991, when Charles McRae and Antone Davis were picks 7 and 8, respectively.

Maybe that streak will end next April, however. And maybe Anthony Parker will be the guy who ends it.

Parker, a 6-3, 310-pound senior from Jonesboro, Ga., was a second-team Associated Press All-American following his junior season in 2007. Gil Brandt, who gained fame as an astute evaluator of talent during his days with the Dallas Cowboys, mentions Parker in an article entitled “Sneak peek at draft class of 2009” now posted at NFL.com.

Parker is among 15 offensive linemen Brandt mentions. Here's the former talent scout's assessment:

“Anthony Parker, Tennessee (6-3, 210): A very good athlete who has started 23 consecutive games for the Vols.”

Apparently, 2008 is going to be a good year for SEC offensive linemen because Alabama guard Antoine Caldwell, Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs and Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher also made Brandt's list of big-time blockers.

Brandt includes only senior prospects on his list, choosing not to project which underclassmen might declare for the 2009 draft. Here's a look at the other SEC players he mentions:

- Alabama's John Parker Wilson is the only SEC player among five quarterback prospects.

- No SEC players are among the five running back prospects.

- South Carolina's Kenny McKinley is the only SEC player among seven wide receivers mentioned.

- Florida's Cornelius Ingram is the only SEC player among Brandt's top four tight ends.

- LSU end Tyson Jackson and Georgia tackle Jeff Owens are among the nine defensive linemen Brandt singles out.

- LSU's Darry Beckwith is the lone SEC star among Brandt's nine linebacker prospects.

- Alabama's Rashad Johnson is the only SEC player among the 10 defensive backs listed.


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