KW's draft stock on rise

Former UT football star <!--Default NodeId For Kelley Washington is 316403,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:316403]>Kelley Washington</A> may be making the big bucks, after all.

Washington, whose NFL future was muddled when he suffered career-threatening concussion and neck injuries last fall against Georgia, appears to have recovered to the extent that there are few lingering doubts about his physical status.

At least, that's the word from Pat Kirwan, writing for NFL.com. In a recent story on NFL draft ''wild cards,'' Kirwan had this to say about the former Vol:

WR Kelley Washington of Tennessee has gotten a clean-enough bill of health and many teams have taken the medical risk tag off him. Then Washington went out and ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, weighing in at 225 pounds. From what I hear, he is moving past Bryant Johnson of Penn State, Anquan Boldin of Florida State and Brandon Lloyd of Illinois. He is gathering late momentum, and as one receiver coach said, "Washington could end up as the solid first-round pick he should have been all along."


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