UT draft drought to end in 2006

Tennessee's football program hasn't produced a first-round NFL Draft pick in the past three years but that drought will end in 2006. So says Pete Fiutak of collegefootballnews.com.

In a piece called ''College Football's Top Pro Prospects,'' Fiutak projects that two Vols could be first-round selections next spring. He rates cornerback/safety Jason Allen No. 21 among 2005's college seniors and rates defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona No. 27. Since each round of the NFL Draft consists of 32 picks, Allen and Mahelona project to be gone before Round 2 begins.

Fiutak tabs Oklahoma sophomore tailback Adrian Peterson No. 1 among future pros, with the Southern Cal tandem of quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush ranking 2-3.

Some of Fiutak's more noteworthy picks follow:

7. Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia (Brooks nearly signed with UT three years ago)

8. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis (He'll face UT in Knoxville on Nov. 12)

12. Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia (He's 6-7, 250 pounds and averaged 19 yards per catch in 2004)

16. Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn (He's 6-9 and 337 pounds ... 'nuff said)

17. Max Jean-Gilles, OT, Georgia

21. Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee

22. Kyle Williams, DT, LSU

27. Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee

29. Andrew Whitworth, OT, LSU

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