Tennessee fans have seen the draft stock of Alvin Kamara rise over the past few months.
Seeing the former UT back picked in the first round wouldn’t stun anybody come late April, but a recent mock draft put out by Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports takes Kamara’s draft possibility to a whole new level – the top-10 picks.
Edholm has Kamara as the second running back off the board, going to the Buffalo Bills at No. 10. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“Every year, there’s a high pick that stuns people. How’s this working for you in that regard? On the surface, it feels like a terribly rich move for luxury. LeSean McCoy is still breathing, yeah? Well, for one, the Bills are said to love Kamara, more so than Dalvin Cook and other name backs in this class. Two, it appears they’re going all in on the Titans-ish formula of building an offense around the run game. Retro, baby.
“Kamara will go higher than many expect. A few teams out there really love him. And with McCoy turning 30 prior to the start of the 2018 season — and about to hit the 2,500-touch mark where many backs start to fall off — this pick would not stun us.”
Maybe not stunning, but top 10 is higher than virtually every other mock draft out there. Some have even speculated that Kamara might go in the second round after a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Kamara did, however, help himself with other impressive numbers in Indianapolis such as a 39.5-inch vertical leap and a 131-inch broad jump – both were the best marks among all running backs.
Defensive end Derek Barnett, the player that many assume will be the first Vol off the board in April, is picked by the Miami Dolphins at No. 22 overall in this Yahoo mock draft.