A few former Tennessee Vols are showing out at the 2017 NFL Combine.
A total of 6 Vols got the call to Indianapolis, home of the Colts and the annual circus of pigskin measurables, with the offensive side of the ball taking the field for the early part of the weekend.
Among them are three offensive players (QB Josh Dobbs, RB Alvin Kamara and WR Josh Malone) and three defenders (LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Corner Cameron Sutton and DE Derek Barnett).
On Saturday, Dobbs showed flashes of brilliance as he is wont to do, with the second fastest forty time by any quarterback (4.64). He finished just ahead of National Champion Deshaun Watson and just behind Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight.
Dobbs led the field in the ever-revealing 3-cone-drill and also finished third among quarterbacks in the vertical jump with a 33-inch leap and third in the broad jump with 10’2”.
The Aerospace Engineer is sure to wow teams in the closed interview process, as his name has become synonymous with hard work and mental capacity.
Though Dobbs struggled with consistency at times at UT, he’s shown the ability to lead and win in big games and with these new dimensional statistics in tow, it would be hard to imagine that at least one team won’t take a chance on him. And remember, it only takes one. Dobbs may have done more for his draft stock than any other QB in Indy.
Former Vol QB Nathan Peterman also participated and looked great on dig throws, a pattern used quite frequently in the league. His overall grade was 5.85, which translates to “Chance to become NFL starter.”
Alvin Kamara also impressed at the combine earlier in the weekend, taking tops honors for running backs with a 39.5-inch vertical. His jump was a full two inches higher than UTEP’s Aaron Jones and Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey, who tied for second place in the category.
At 5’10” and 214 lbs., Kamara ran a 4.56 forty-yard dash, which was 14th among backs, but he also had the best broad jump in the field with 10’11”.
Kamara received a grade of 6.02, which according to nfl.com translates to “Should become instant starter.” He’s projected to go in the first two rounds of the draft in April.
Josh Malone surprised many with a 4.40 forty-yard dash, which was third best by any receiver. If one thing has been proven over the years, it’s that speed at the receiver position gets drafted.
Barnett and Reeves-Maybin are scheduled to work out on Sunday, March 5th and Sutton will close out the Vols combine experience for 2017 the following day. Check back for updates on their workouts.
After failing to see a player through the draft for two consecutive years, Tennessee fans can expect to hear familiar names early and often this year.