Even after bad year, Vols set for draft harvest

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
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Da'Rick Rogers, projected to go in the first three rounds, had a vertical jump of 38 inches. Patterson posted unofficial times of 7.19 seconds in the 3-cone drill, 4.4 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 11.72 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle.

Patterson is projected as a first-round pick in most mock drafts, while Hunter is projected to go in the first or second round. There's a possibility they could end up playing for ex-Vols coach Derek Dooley, who joined the Dallas Cowboys staff as wide receivers coach after Tennessee fired him.

"That would be cool," Hunter said. "I had him for three years, so I know how he coaches and everything so I'd probably be used to him."

Rogers said it felt somewhat strange to be back on his old campus after leaving the Vols less than two weeks before the start of the 2012 season. Rogers transferred to Tennessee Tech after the Vols indefinitely suspended him. Rogers said positive drug tests caused his suspension.

"At first it was a little bit surreal," Rogers said. "You come back and it's like, 'Gosh, I haven't been here in a while. I put in a lot of sweat and tears here.' It feels good. All the guys welcomed me back in."

Thomas didn't participate in any events Wednesday after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder during Senior Bowl workouts. Thomas said the injury shouldn't affect his status for the start of this season.

While many of the Vols' top draft prospects only performed selected drills, Zach Rogers and fullback/tight end Ben Bartholomew did everything.

Rogers had unofficial times of 4.51 in the 40, 4.34 in the 20-yard shuttle, 11.18 in the 60-yard shuttle and 6.72 in the 3-cone drill. Bartholomew, a fullback at Tennessee, caught passes from Bray to show his receiving ability, had 30 reps on the bench press and posted unofficial 40 times of 4.68 and 4.71.

"I think (Zach Rogers) is going to be a mid-round bargain for somebody," Mayock said. "The Bartholomew kid — the fullback/tight end/H-back — will be another guy who will be a late pick or a priority free agent, and has a chance to make a team."



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