You have to wonder if Vol teammate Robert Meachem noticed the misfortune that befell Smith and McDaniel because they left school prematurely. Meachem is a rising junior receiver who already is being pegged as a possibility to jump to the NFL following the 2006 season.
Perhaps he'll think long and hard about doing so, based on what happened to Smith and McDaniel.
The two undrafted Vol juniors weren't alone, either. Although nine of the underclassmen who opted for the 2006 Draft were picked in Round 1, nearly half – 22 of 49 – were not selected at all.
Several others, like Florida cornerback Dee Webb, might as well have been overlooked. Webb skipped his senior year because he thought he'd go on Day 1 of the draft. Instead, he was one of the last picks in Round 7. As a result, his first pro paycheck will be just a few dollars above those of Smith and McDaniel.
Odds are the misfortune that befell Smith, McDaniel and Webb will give Meachem pause next January, when the "go or stay" decision will be his to make.