Three Tennessee underclassmen have sent their paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board in order to be evaluated for the 2016 NFL Draft, according to multiple media reports.
Two of the players are hardly a surprise, but one might be: junior cornerback Cameron Sutton, junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and redshirt sophomore running back Alvin Kamara.
Sutton seems the most likely to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. At one point, he was projected to be selected in the middle of the first round, although he has seemingly slipped during the second half of the season. In particular, Sutton seemed to struggle against Alabama freshman receiver Calvin Ridley. However, Sutton’s ability to return punts should certainly help his stock.
Reeves-Maybin, who began the season at 6-feet and 225 pounds, could probably use another year to gain weight. At his current weight, the former safety seems pigeon-holed to play in a 4-3 defense in the NFL. It’s unlikely he would be deemed big enough to play in a 3-4.
Kamara’s decision could be interesting. If he returns to Tennessee he would still be forced to split time with sophomore Jalen Hurd. Also, running backs often leave school early in order to maximize their earning potential in the NFL.
Kamara graduated high school in the 2013 class before enrolling and eventually redshirting during his one season at Alabama. Kamara played one season in junior college before suiting up for the Vols last season. Therefore, Kamara is a redshirt sophomore and three years removed from high school, which makes him eligible to enter the NFL draft.