Former Vols Impress at NFL Combine

Six former Tennessee Volunteers football players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine over the past weekend. Those six former Vols did not go unnoticed by the NFL’s elite coaches and talent evaluators.

Former Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara might have benefited the most by his performance in Indianapolis. Kamara completed the vertical jump at a height of 39.5 inches, the top mark for running backs in this year’s draft. He also completed the broad jump at a distance of 10 feet 11 inches, also first among running backs. NFL draft expert Bucky Brooks praised Alvin Kamara by sending out a tweet that read, “He (Alvin Kamara) will walk out of Indy as the biggest winner in the RB class. He crushed the interviews. High football IQ and great personality.”

Former Tennessee standout quarterback Joshua Dobbs also excelled at the NFL Combine drills. Dobbs came in 2nd among quarterbacks for the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.64 seconds. Dobbs was two-tenths of a second faster than national championship winning quarterback Deshaun Watson, who clocked in at 4.66 seconds. Dobbs also came in 3rd among QBs for the vertical jump and the broad jump, at a height of 33.0 inches, and a distance of 10 feet 2 inches, respectively. Dobbs finished on top at number 1, for the three-cone drill, with a time of 6.75 seconds. Dobbs was also able to impress scouts during the passing portion of the combine. NFL Louis Riddick commented on Dobbs’ performance saying, “Josh Dobbs, who was down at the Senior Bowl, again he continues to impress me… He looked very comfortable, looked a little robotic in some of his drops, but his accuracy, again, was good, and he didn’t flinch at all during this, which I think continues to bode well for his prospects.”

Former Tennessee wide receiver Josh Malone helped his draft stock at the NFL Combine, during which former Washington receiver John Ross set the record for the NFL 40-yard dash. Ross sped past with a time of 4.22 seconds. Malone finished 3rd in the 40-yard dash among WRs, with a time of 4.40 seconds. reporter Ryan Callahan tweeted about Malone’s 40-yard dash saying, “Wow. Former Vols WR Josh Malone with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. That will do wonders for his stock.”

Fomer Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton did well with his combine results. Sutton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He also finished the vertical jump with a height of 34 inches.

Tennessee career sack leader Derek Barnett participated in the NFL Combine where he showed off his strengths, despite having a virus that moved back the time he could participate in the combine. Barnett finished in top 5 among defensive linemen for the three-cone drill with a time of 6.96 seconds. Barnett also finished the vertical jump at the height of 31 inches. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock commented on Barnett’s combine performance by saying, “He’s got lower-body explosion, he’s stout against the run.”

Former Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin was at the NFL Combine, but he was only able to participate in a couple of the linebacker drills, because of his injury during Tennessee’s 2016 season.

Here is a complete list of the former Tennessee players NFL Combine results, except for Jalen Reeves-Maybin as a result of his injury:

  Derek Barnett Josh Dobbs Alvin Kamara Josh Malone Cam Sutton
40-yard dash 4.88 seconds 4.64 seconds 4.56 seconds 4.40 seconds 4.52 seconds
Bench press DNP DNP 15 reps 10 reps 11 reps
Vertical jump 31” 33” 39.5” 30.5” 34.0”
Broad jump 9’9” 10’2” 10’11” 10’1” 10”
3-cone drill 6.96 seconds 6.75 seconds DNP 7.05 seconds 6.81 seconds
20-yard shuttle 4.44 seconds 4.31 seconds DNP 4.19 seconds DNP
60-yard shuttle DNP DNP DNP 11.77 seconds DNP


Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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