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Gameday Today: Vols in the NFL Draft, Orange and White Game debriefings, and recruiting offers

NFL Draft

Will at Rocky Top Talk is celebrating Derek Barnett by reliving some of his best moments at Tennessee. Barnett didn’t just rack up the sack totals; he picked it up at the right time.
 
The Josh Dobbs bandwagon is getting quite cozy with another ESPN analyst suddenly realizing that Dobbs is better than everybody thinks. What’s fueling the bandwagon? Work ethic, attitude, and intelligence, says Mel Kiper. I don’t know, maybe he’s just now seeing that NCAA Student Athlete PSA.
 
And don’t forget Josh Malone, who Kiper says could go in the third round, which would be good news to his grandma, who told me in the Ingles parking lot the other day that she’d wanted him to stay in school. Oh, but the brain lasts longer than the body. 
 
Can you remember the last Vol who was taken in the NFL Draft? Me, neither. Answer at the bottom of the post.

Football

The Orange and White Game debriefing is nearly complete. So what have we learned?
 
The running back depth is a serious issue that I will not joke about until the new recruits arrive on campus this summer.
 
Defensive back Justin Martin is a new man.
 
And a whole bunch of guys got a whole bunch of reps due to a whole bunch of injuries, including receiver Marquez Callaway, who apparently had more reps than anyone else on the team during spring.

Recruiting

Tennessee’s made a bunch of offers to 2019 prospects in the wake of the Orange and White Game, including one each to top-50 wide receivers Arjei Henderson and Trejan Bridges and one to defensive tackle DeWayne Carter.
 

By my count, that’s 21 offers already by Tennessee, all spent on two guys. I don’t know who the recruiting coordinator over there is, but he sounds like a spendthrift. 
 

Answer to the NFL Draft question

Yeah, I couldn’t remember the last Vol drafted, either. It was apparently Daniel McCullers.

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