Draft consensus?

With the NFL Draft one week away, this is a nerve-wracking time for Tennessee's draft-eligible football players. That's because, when it comes to the draft, there's no consensus … just nonsense-us.

For instance:

Former Vol Parys Haralson is rated No. 5 among all defensive end prospects by Pro Football Weekly's Draft Guide, which projects he'll be the first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks on April 29. However, Haralson is rated a fifth-round selection by the ESPN Draft Guide. The Sporting News and Street & Smith peg the ex-Vol to go in Round 4.

Another ex-Vol with great pro potential is defensive back Jason Allen, who missed the last half of his senior season due to a dislocated hip.

Allen is rated a third-round draft pick by all four of the publications listed above. However, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper projects him to go to the Dallas Cowboys with pick No. 18 in Round 1. And NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan predicts Allen will be San Francisco's selection with the fifth pick in Round 2, the 37th pick overall. In other words, Allen could be picked anywhere from the middle of Round 1 to the end of Round 3.

Then there's former Vol guard Rob Smith, who is bypassing his senior year to turn pro. Depending on which draft guide you believe, he'll go in the fourth round (ESPN), the fifth round (Street & Smith), the sixth round (The Sporting News) or not at all (Pro Football Weekly).

There's no consensus on linebacker Omar Gaither, either. Pro Football Weekly says he'll go in Round 3 to 4. The Sporting News and ESPN have him pegged for Round 5, while Street & Smith says he'll stick around till Round 7.

Defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona is pegged for Round 3 by ESPN and The Sporting News, Round 4 by Street & Smith and Round 4 to 5 by Pro Football Weekly.

Guard Cody Douglas is rated a Round 5 selection by ESPN but is not listed among draft-worthy players by the other three guides.

It's the same deal for former Vol linebacker Kevin Simon. He's rated a Round 4 pick by ESPN and a Round 6 pick by The Sporting News but is ranked no better than a free-agent prospect by Street & Smith and Pro Football Weekly.

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, a late addition to the NFL Draft pool, is rated a Round 4 to 5 selection by Pro Football Weekly but is not listed by the other sources.

Offensive tackle Albert Toeaina is rated a sixth-rounder by both ESPN and Street & Smith but is not projected as a draftee by the other two publications.

Interestingly enough, all four of the draft guides project running back Gerald Riggs to be a fourth-round selection.

Wide receiver Chris Hannon is rated No. 34 at his position by Pro Football Weekly, No. 40 by The Sporting News and No. 43 by ESPN but is not accorded a draft-worthy grade by any of them.

Ex-Vol wideout C.J. Fayton, linebacker Jon Poe and center Richie Gandy also are considered unlikely to be drafted by NFL teams.

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