Vols and the NFL

Three members of Tennessee's 2009 offense are potential NFL Draft picks and eventual contributors at the pro level. So says Lindy's 2010 Pro Football Draft magazine.

Jonathan Crompton is rated 10th among quarterbacks and projected as a fifth-round draft pick. The magazine also lists him among "3 To Watch" as a "sleeper."

Oklahoma's Sam Bradford is rated No. 1 among QBs, followed by Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, Florida's Tim Tebow, Texas' Colt McCoy, Cincinnati's Tony Pike, Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, Ole Miss' Jevan Snead and Oregon State's Sean Canfield.

Here's an excerpt from Lindy's critique of Crompton:

"The sudden improvement in Crompton made in Lane Kiffin's pro-style offense is intriguing. Ten games is hardly enough of a sample set to warrant a high-round selection. However, a team willing to gamble on a developing talent with legitimate NFL tools could be pleasantly surprised with the results."

Montario Hardesty is rated eighth among running backs and projected as a Round 3 selection. Clemson's C.J. Spiller leads the back pack, followed by Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer, Cal's Jahvid Best, Fresno State's Ryan Mathews, Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon, Stanford's Toby Gerhart, Southern Cal's Joe McKnight, Hardesty, Auburn's Ben Tate and Wayne State's Joique Bell.

Lindy's says of Hardesty: "When healthy, Hardesty has proven to be a legitimate workhorse with rare agility for a back his size."

Chris Scott is rated No. 17 among offensive tackle prospects and pegged as a Round 5 to 6 draft pick. Lindy's writes: "Scott's size, strength and experience playing tackle and guard makes him one of the more intriguing second-tier linemen."

Jacques McClendon is not listed among the 14 guards Lindy's considers draft-worthy, nor is injury-plagued Jeff Cottam listed among the 15 most draftable tight ends.

TOMORROW: A look at the Vol defensive players Lindy's deems to be draft-worthy.

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