The Tennessee football team had three former players selected Saturday in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. Guard Jacques McClendon, tackle Chris Scott and quarterback Jonathan Crompton heard their names called on day three after safety Eric Berry, defensive tackle Dan Williams and running back Montario Hardesty were selected in the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.
The first Vol off the board on Saturday was McClendon, who was selected 129th overall in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts. McClendon will be asked to bolster a Colts’ offensive line that protects all-everything quarterback and former UT star Peyton Manning.
The Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed another UT offensive lineman, Scott, in the fifth round at 151st overall. Scott is expected to move inside and play guard for the Steelers, joining another former UT lineman in Ramon Foster, who signed with the Steelers as a free agent after completing his eligibility at Tennessee in 2008.
Crompton certainly deserved a happy ending to his tumultuous collegiate career, and he got exactly that when he was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 168th overall pick in the fifth round. Crompton joins signal-callers Philip Rivers and Billy Volek on the Chargers roster heading into summer workouts and training camp.
Notes on the Vols in the 2010 NFL Draft
• Tennessee’s two first-round selections (Eric Berry and Dan Williams) give UT seven first-round picks in the last five drafts. That mark is tied atop the Southeastern Conference along with Florida and LSU.
• Tennessee had a total of six players selected, which is the most in one draft since 2007 (also six).
• UT’s six selections ranks third in the SEC behind Florida (9) and Alabama (7).
• The 2010 draft is the 25th time in the 75-year history of the event that Tennessee has had at least six players selected.
• Eric Berry (fifth overall) is the highest UT draft pick since Jamal Lewis in 2000. Lewis was also selected fifth overall.
• Dan Williams is the 13th Tennessee defensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft since 2000.
• Montario Hardesty (59th overall) is the highest-selected UT running back since Travis Henry was selected 58th overall in the 2001 draft.
• Jonathan Crompton is the third UT quarterback selected since Peyton Manning was taken first overall in 1998 (Erik Ainge in 2007 and Tee Martin in 2000).
• Tennessee has not had multiple offensive linemen selected in one draft since 2002 (Fred Weary and Reggie Coleman).
Six former Vols selected in 2010 NFL Draft
Published: Mon Apr 26, 2010