Vols Should Stay at UT

NFL scout Chris Landry thinks defensive tackle Justin Harrell could be a solid second-round draft pick if he stays at Tennessee another season.

Harrell, a junior defensive tackle who made second-team All-SEC, is debating whether to turn pro and bypass his senior season. Harrell had comparable numbers last season to the more heralded Jesse Mahelona, who projects to be a second-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

``Harrell's got some ability,'' Landry said. ``He's one of those size guys who can play inside and those guys are valuable. I want to see him turn it on next year and be a world beater. I think he has a lot of ability to be better.''

Landry said Harrell needs to use his hands better and become quicker at play recognition.

``Jesse's more developed right now and more productive in how he plays off blocks,'' Landry said in comparing UT's two tackles.

With another year of experience, Landry thinks Harrell can go from a late third-to-fifth-round pick to an early second round.

``He could really help himself if he comes back,'' Landry said.

Landry also thinks offensive tackle Arron Sears and guard Rob Smith would be better served playing another year of college ball.

``Arron has a lot of ability and nice feet,'' Landry said. ``I like his size. He could play the left side. I think he'd probably go early third round now, but this is a deep year at tackle so he might go later if he came out now.''

Smith was UT's most consistent lineman last year. He said he was considering going pro after offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens was fired.

``I think Rob is strong, but he needs to improve his leverage and had use,'' Landry said.


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