Former Tennessee running back John Kelly may not have always gotten the chance to show his true potential in Knoxville, but he’ll be on display for all the NFL scouts in attendance at the combine later this month.
Kelly is among four Vols who were invited to participate in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 5. Also joining him will be defensive tackle Khalil McKenzie, defensive back Rashaan Gaulden and punter Trevor Daniel.
The hard-running Kelly is a strong candidate to improve his draft stock in Indianapolis, according to Landry Football.
“Tennessee RB John Kelly is a potential draft sleeper. Kelly (5’9/212) doesn’t have the talent of an Alvin Kamara, but like several other Tennessee running backs before him, he has a chance to be a better pro than he was in college. Kelly is an explosive playmaker who was criminally underused by the Vols, and his versatile skill set still allowed him to tally over 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He currently projects as a late Day 3 selection, but a strong pro day and showing at the combine could see that stock rise.”
Last season, Kelly had 189 carries for 778 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns to go along with 37 catches for 299 receiving yards. His 97.9 yards from scrimmage per game was sixth-best in the SEC.
He’ll hope to follow in the footsteps of Kamara, his former teammate, who was drafted in the third round by the New Orleans Saints and quickly made a splash at the next level by winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.