Social Media Reaction and Grades for Tennessee’s Draft Picks

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    Five former Tennessee players were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, resulting in the most selections from Tennessee in the draft since 2017. The Vols sent two to the league in both 2021 and 2020, none in 2019, and three players in 2018.

    Below are social media reactions and expert grades for all five of Tennessee’s NFL Draft picks.

    Alontae Taylor – DB – New Orleans Saints | Second Round, Pick No. 49

    Alontae Taylor Selection Grades:

    Velus Jones Jr. – WR – Chicago Bears | Third Round, Pick No. 71

    Velus Jones Jr Selection Grades:

    Matthew Butler – DL – Las Vegas Raiders | Fifth Round, Pick No. 175

    Matthew Butler Selection Grades:

    Cade Mays – OL – Carolina Panthers | Sixth Round, Pick No. 199

    Cade Mays Selection Grades:

    Theo Jackson – DB – Tennessee Titans | Sixth Round, Pick No. 204

    Theo Jackson Selection Grade:

    • Clutch Points‘ Benedetto Vitale: B-
      • “Tennessee didn’t need much help on defense entering the draft, but the Titans selected a solid prospect in Theo Jackson. He will likely play safety and has the potential to replace Dan Cruickshank as the main backup option. Additionally, Jackson can be a monster for the special teams unit, which could be where he excels throughout his career.”
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.