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2018 Tennessee Volunteers prospect primer

OCT 25 Alabama at Tennessee
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Scouting Notes

2018 Tennessee Volunteers prospect primer

Below are notable University of Tennessee Volunteers players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Tennessee may be kicking themselves for missing an opportunity last season when they had more notable talent. With a QB battle and some new coaches, this underdog team will be looking to create a miracle story.

Offense

Offensive Lineman Jashon Robertson – 6’3”, 300 lbs. – Senior

He walked onto campus as a DT but 3 days later he was moved to guard and has been starting ever since. His defensive background gives him an added intelligence factor as well as short area athleticism. He has had some injury history but has toughed it out to start 35 games.

Tight End Ethan Wolf – 6’6”, 258 lbs. – Senior

Wolf was another immediate freshman starter. He has prototypical TE size and above average athleticism to threaten in the passing game. Especially when he utilizes his soft hands to snag passes in traffic.

Wide Receiver Jauan Jennings – 6’3” 209 lbs. – Junior

Jennings plays the WR position with immense physicality. His competitive nature gives him a good chance to bring down the jump balls. His film is loaded with him displaying heavy hands to throw DBs away at the line of scrimmage.

 

Defense

NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 30: Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (34). (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire)

Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. – 6’1” 238 lbs. – Junior

Kirkland impressed coaches early in his career on his way to an All-SEC season. Unfortunately, injuries kept him from being healthy last season. He is back to command the middle of the field. His mental capacity allows him to be the general while his work ethic on and off the field should have him making tackles from sideline to sideline.

Cornerback Rashaan Gaulden – 6’1”, 193 lbs. – Redshirt Junior

Gaulden is flying beneath the radar right now but I noticed him when evaluating several Tennessee Volunteers games last season.  He is tenacious going after the ball carrier. He shoots the lane before runners can juke, hustles to track them down, and shows that “whatever it takes” mentality. He won’t be forgotten for long if he continues to play with his hair on fire.

Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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