JC Alums in the NFL Draft

There were three former Vols that came from the junior college ranks to be selected in the NFL Draft. Julian Battle, Demetrin Veal and Aubrayo Franklin all headed to Knoxville after JC stints out West. Those three guys all found themselves selected despite having a shorter career in orange than most of their teammates.

As usual, a JC grad was selected in the first round of the NFL draft. This year the honor goes to ex-HINDS defensive end, Jerome McDougle, who was selected by Philadelphia number 15 overall. McDougle's brother, offensive tackle Stockar, was a pick of the Detroit Lions, out of Oklahoma after gaining J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honors at Navarro in 1997-98. Jerome had two great years with the Miami Hurricanes and should be a key element in the Eagle defense.

Three former JCs were tabbed in the third round.  James Lee, out of College of the Redwoods by way of Oregon State, went to Green Bay where he is hopeful of helping the Packers shore up an aging defensive line.

Julian Battle, a very talented athlete who played wide-receiver at Los Angeles Valley, but converted to a cornerback at Tennessee, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.  Julian might have gone higher but seems to have picked up the " excessive baggage" label.  He did excel in some of the post-season action and should make a place for himself in the Chief secondary.

Running back Chris Brown earned third round action from the Tennessee Titans.  Brown, who had that spectacular afternoon for Colorado scoring five times against Nebraska in 2001, played at Fort Scott CC in Kansas.

Other former JCs who were grabbed in the weekend NFL draft were:

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