Charles Davis, who was a four-year starting safety for the University of Tennessee football program in the mid-1980s, failed in his bid to establish a pro career but he's still strongly involved with the gridiron.
Davis' extensive resume' includes serving as an assistant coach at the University of Pacific, working for Jefferson Pilot as a sideline reporter on SEC telecasts, working for NBC as an analyst on the Arena Football League and working for TBS as a college football commentator. He's currently serving as an analyst for the NFL Network. As an extension of that role, he recently compiled a mock draft for NFL.com.
The former Vol from New Paltz, N.Y., proudly projects two members of the 2006 Big Orange squad to be first-round picks this Saturday when the NFL talent lottery begins in New York City.
Davis predicts that wide receiver Robert Meachem will be tabbed by the Tennessee Titans with pick 19 in Round 1. He sees defensive tackle Justin Harrell being selected by the Super Bowl champ Indianapolis Colts with the 32nd (and final) pick of Round 1.
All told, Davis projects that 10 SEC players will be selected in the opening round. The others are as follows:
LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell (pick No. 1 to Oakland)
Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson (pick No. 7 to Minnesota)
LSU safety LaRon Landry (pick No. 8 to Atlanta)
Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis (pick No. 12 to Buffalo)
Florida safety Reggie Nelson (pick No. 17 to Jacksonville)
Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss (pick No. 21 to Denver)
LSU wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (pick No. 23 to Kansas City)
Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston (pick No. 25 to the Jets)
In case you're interested, here are Davis' projected top 10 picks:
1. Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
2. Detroit: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
3. Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
4. Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
5. Arizona: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
6. Washington: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
7. Minnesota: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas
8. Atlanta: LaRon Landry, FS, LSU
9. Miami: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville
10. Houston: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State