Dynamic defensive duo
AP/UT Sports Information

Posted Apr 10, 2010


For a team that went 7-6 last fall, the Tennessee Vols apparently had some marquee defensive talent.

That's the word from the football experts at Scout.com. They rate two former Vol defenders among the top 13 players available in the upcoming NFL Draft. Junior Eric Berry, a three-year starter at safety, is rated the No. 3 prospect in the draft. Senior tackle Dan Williams is rated No. 13 among all draft-eligible players. Both Berry and Williams are pegged as 5-star prospects.

One other Vol defender shows up in Scout's rankings. Senior Rico McCoy is ranked No. 22 among outside linebackers and accorded a 3-star ranking.

Scout isn't quite as impressed with Tennessee's 2009 offensive talent - none of whom it lists among the top 50 overall prospects. Several ex-Vols show up in Scout's positional rankings, however.

Montario Hardesty is tabbed No. 5 among running back prospects and accorded a 4-star rating. Jonathan Crompton is ranked No. 12 among quarterback prospects and given 3 stars. Chris Scott is tabbed No. 22 among offensive tackle prospects and rated a 3-star prospect. Jacques McClendon is pegged No. 27 among guards and Jeff Cottam No. 32 among tight ends. McClendon and Cottam got 2 stars each.

Former Vol defensive back Dennis Rogan, who elected to bypass his senior season in favor of the draft, is not listed among Scout's top 50 safety prospects or its top 46 cornerback prospects. Nor is Quintin Hancock mentioned among Scout's top 51 wide receiver prospects.

Scout rates Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh the No. 1 overall draft prospect, with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford No. 2. Berry checks in at 3, followed by Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (4), Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen (5).

Rounding out the top 10 are Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung (6), Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams (7), Clemson running back C.J. Spiller (8), Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan (9) and Florida cornerback Joe Haden (10).

The second 10 consists of Texas safety Earl Thomas (11), Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (12), Williams at 13, South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (14), Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (15), Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant (16), Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty (17), Michigan linebacker Brandon Graham (18), Southern Cal safety Taylor Mays (19) and Florida center Maurkice Pouncey (20).

To check out Scout's expansive pre-draft coverage, go to Scout.com, click on NFL, then click on NFL DRAFT.


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