Four former Tennessee Vols who were overlooked in the recent NFL Draft have found jobs, while a fifth continues to shop for a new work address.
Defensive end Xavier Mitchell
and guard Eric Young
have signed free-agent contracts with the Cleveland Browns
. Defensive end Antonio Reynolds
has signed a free-agent deal with the Super Bowl champ New York Giants
. Safety Jonathan Hefney
has hooked up with the Tampa Bay Bucs, although he is listed as a cornerback prospect.
Linebacker Ryan Karl, who may have to make the transition to safety in the NFL, is still seeking gainful employment at the next level.
Thirty-five SEC players were drafted last weekend, including ex-Vols Jerod Mayo (New England, Round 1), Brad Cottam (Kansas City, Round 3) and Erik Ainge (New York Jets, Round 5).
Given the SEC's reputation for churning out pro-caliber players, it isn't surprising that 31 more of the league's better athletes already have signed free-agent deals. Here's a list of all 31 to date:
ARIZONA CARDINALS: Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU ... Lance Long, WR, Mississippi State, Carlton Medder, G, Florida
ATLANTA FALCONS: Brandon Miller, DE, Georgia
CAROLINA PANTHERS: Casper Brinkley, DE, South Carolina ... Brandon Jenkins, DT, Ole Miss
CINCINNATI BENGALS: Simeon Castille, CB, Alabama
CLEVELAND BROWNS: Eric Young, OT, Tennessee ... Xavier Mitchell, DE, Tennessee ... Jonathan Zenon, CB, LSU
DENVER BRONCOS: Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky
GREEN BAY PACKERS: Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Georgia
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Theo Horrocks, DT, Vanderbilt ... Michael Grant, CB, Arkansas
MIAMI DOLPHINS: Titus Brown, DE, Mississippi State
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Ole Miss
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Luke Sanders, LB, LSU
NEW YORK GIANTS: Antonio Reynolds, DE, Tennessee ... Wallace Gilberry, DE, Alabama ... Carnell Stewart, OL, LSU
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Dezmond Sherrod, TE, Mississippi State
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Kelin Johnson, S, Georgia
ST. LOUIS RAMS: Matt Caddell, WR, Alabama ... Josh Thompson, NT, Auburn
TAMPA BAY BUCS: Jonathan Hefney, CB, Tennessee
TENNESSEE TITANS: Tony Joiner, S, Florida ... Rafael Little, RB, Kentucky ... Eric Scott, C, Kentucky ... Fernando Velasco, G, Georgia
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Curtis Gatewood, LB, Vanderbilt ... Matteral Richardson, CB, Arkansas