Alvin Kamara is the latest on a list of Rocky Top NFL Draft prospects eyed by Mike Mayock.
The NFL Network draft guru likes Kamara — along with his former backfield mate in Knoxville, quarterback Josh Dobbs — as the big riser on running back draft board, according to Paul Domowitch of Philly.com.
Here’s what Mayock had to say about Kamara:
“For whatever reason, he was behind the other running back at Tennessee (Jalen Hurd). I don’t understand why. It wasn’t until Hurd got hurt and then left the team that Kamara finally got his first start. When I watched his first start (against Texas A&M), I was blown away. I thought he was a first-round talent all day long. He’s 215 pounds. He’s quick and explosive. He’s outstanding in the pass game. People were buzzing at his pro day about his ability to catch the football. He’s not afraid to block on third down. The biggest questions about him are, he signed with Alabama and then left. And he didn’t start at Tennessee. If you can answer those questions to your satisfaction, then he’s a first-round talent.”
At the combine, Kamara ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash and jumped 39 1/2 inches in the vertical leap. His hands measured 9 1/4 inches. He measured in at 5 foot 10, 214 pounds.
NFL draft expert Bucky Brooks called Kamara the “biggest winner” of all the running back prospects at February’s combine.
The Vols haven’t had a tailback selected in the first round since Jamal Lewis went No. 5 to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL draft.
Where will Alvin Kamara be drafted?
Mayock says Kamara will be draft in the first or second round.
CBS Sports has Kamara as a second-round projection, rated as the No. 57 player on the board.
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN both have Kamara slated as a second-round pick.