By LARRY VAUGHT
If NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper is right, Tennessee’s lack of NFL draft picks will continue this year — but is likely to change soon.
Tennessee did not have a player invited to the NFL Combine and could fail to have a player drafted for the third time in five years. However, the ESPN analyst says help is on the way.
“The recruiting class coming in this year is outstanding. I think it (the NFL draft) will change now with these recruits coming in,” Kiper said. “They will get back to having early round picks.
“It might go another year (without any picks). Nobody early this year from Tennessee but I really think that will change in the next few years.”
Kiper has no doubts about Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who played against UK, when it comes to the draft.
“The mock drafts are not what I see but what you are hearing from sources in the NFL. Two years ago I got a call from a NFL GM saying the guy who has one of the best arms in college is Drew Lock,” Kiper said.
“When you have that kind of rare arm talent . . . I have him going 15th to Washington. Some think he is second round talent, but he is coming out with a ton of experience. He’s a four-year starter in the SEC and that is rare to see guy who has played that much football.”