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Where some writers have all four Vols in 2021 NFL Draft

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I am not expecting much from this years draft. While I hate Bama, I think Mac Jones will do well. Will be interesting to see how that plays out and if SF takes him. As far as Tennessee players these are the ones capable of being drafted. I think who ever gets Trey Smith barring no more issues with his health, he should a winner. I also think Josh Palmer in the "Right Situation" can have success. I do think Bryce is too small to be successful in the NFL. Just may take. Here is the break down on the thoughts around these possible Vols being drafted:

 

 
Trey Smith
Offensive lineman Jackson, Tenn.
6’6″ 330 pounds
 
 

Although it’s a mixed bag on some rankings, Trey Smith is in the best position of any Tennessee football player heading into the NFL Draft. He appears in any mock draft going three-deep and in all rankings that go 150-deep.Heading into last season, Smith was a projected first rounder. That’s not the case now. He’s anywhere from a second to a fourth rounder depending on who you ask, and his rankings are all over the place as well.

In terms of mock drafts, Rob Rang of Fox Sports has him going 93rd overall to the Buffalo Bills in the third round. That wasn’t the only mock draft that had him going to Buffalo. Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News has him going there as well, but in that case it’s as a second rounder and the 61st pick overall.

Smith appeared in two mock drafts on CBS Sports’ mock draft for all 32 teams, both in the third round. Jordan Dajani had him going to the Las Vegas Raiders as their 79th pick, but he also had Smith staying in state to be the Tennessee Titans’ 100th pick.

When it comes to overall rankings, Mel Kiper of ESPN had him at No. 135 in his top 150. He also had Smith as the No. 7 ranked guard in the draft. Todd McShay of ESPN had him at No. 100 in his top 350 with a 71 overall grade. Iyer has Smith at No. 60 in his Sporting News player rankings, and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has him at No. 122.
 

 
Josh Palmer
Wide receiver Brampton, Ontario
 
 

Honestly, due to his offseason success, which includes a touchdown in the Senior Bowl and a great showing at Tennessee football’s Pro Day, Josh Palmer’s stock has been rising. In many cases, he’s in a better position than anybody else on this list right now.Mel Kiper of ESPN has him as the No. 110 overall prospect, better than any former Vol on this list. Kiper also has him as the No. 22 ranked receiver overall. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com also has him as the highest ranked former Vol at No. 113 in his top 150. Todd McShay of ESPN, meanwhile, has him second among former Vols at No. 183 with a grade of 55.

While his rankings suggest one thing, his draft positions suggest another. In the CBS Sports mock draft of all 32 teams, Chris Trapasso has him going to the Buffalo Bills in the third round with the 93rd overall pick. On the other hand, Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News has him going to the New England Patriots in the seventh round with the 242nd overall pick.Taking all this into account, Palmer could be the top prospect on here, but it’s a mixed bag, and he’s not on every list. As a result, we’ve got him in the second best position going into the draft, but he could have a better weekend.Honestly, due to his offseason success, which includes a touchdown in the Senior Bowl and a great showing at Tennessee football’s Pro Day, Josh Palmer’s stock has been rising. In many cases, he’s in a better position than anybody else on this list right now.Mel Kiper of ESPN has him as the No. 110 overall prospect, better than any former Vol on this list. Kiper also has him as the No. 22 ranked receiver overall. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com also has him as the highest ranked former Vol at No. 113 in his top 150. Todd McShay of ESPN, meanwhile, has him second among former Vols at No. 183 with a grade of 55.

While his rankings suggest one thing, his draft positions suggest another. In the CBS Sports mock draft of all 32 teams, Chris Trapasso has him going to the Buffalo Bills in the third round with the 93rd overall pick. On the other hand, Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News has him going to the New England Patriots in the seventh round with the 242nd overall pick.Taking all this into account, Palmer could be the top prospect on here, but it’s a mixed bag, and he’s not on every list. As a result, we’ve got him in the second best position going into the draft, but he could have a better weekend.

 

 

 

 
Bryce Thompson

Defensive back Irmo, S.C.

5’11” 190 pounds

 

 

 

The only early departure for Tennessee football in the 2021 NFL Draft, Bryce Thompson never lived up to his Freshman All-American campaign. However, he did have eight interceptions over three years, including three in a game.

In terms of his NFL Draft stock, he shows up in the CBS Sports seven-round mock draft for all 32 teams. Tyler Sullivan actually has him going to the New England Patriots with the 177th overall pick in the fifth round, which is a bit high considering other projections. After all, he doesn’t even appear in other major seven-round mock drafts.

Thompson does have some recognition in individual rankings, though. Todd McShay of ESPN ranks him at No. 231 with a 40 overall grade in his top 350 prospects for the draft. Since there are 259 overall draft picks, that would mean he should be drafted. Mel Kiper of ESPN, meanwhile, has him ranked as the No. 48 overall cornerback.

All of this suggests Thompson is somewhere in the fifth to seventh round range but could go undrafted. That’s better than not having any draft projections, but he’s in the worst position of any former Vol expecting to hear his name called this week. We’re about to find out if he made the right decision to leave early.

 

Brandon Kennedy

Offensive lineman Wetumpka, Ala.

6’3″ 300 pounds
 

 

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