Tennessee went 9-4 in 2016 behind a handful of all-conference caliber talents. Three of those are considered high-round prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here are the quick assessments by HEROSports.com's NFL Draft Analyst Todd Worly on the Vols' top prospects.
You don’t become the all-time leader in career sacks at a program like Tennessee without being an outstanding player. The 4-3 NFL defensive end has similar explosiveness and knee bend to Charlton, but doesn’t have equal length or feet.
Sutton’s explosiveness, feet and ball skills stand out the most. He’ll need to prove that he can be a sure tackler on the perimeter in order to work his way into a starting role, but he already has the skillset to earn a backup role early in his career.
Barnett is considered a surefire first-round talent and could end up in the top half of the opening round. Sutton might be an early second-round pick if it weren't one of the best cornerback classes in draft history.
In addition, Vols running back Alvin Kamara has exploded into the Top 50 thanks to film study by draft analysts. The 5-foot-10, 215 pounder has been compared to former NFL'er Thomas Jones as well as Jamaal Charles and Kenyan Drake, an Alabama product selected in Round 3 a year ago.