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Berry, Williams Make It Seven First-Round Picks Since '06
Defensive tackle Dan Williams became the seventh UT player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 26 overall pick on Thursday night.

Defensive tackle Dan Williams became the seventh UT player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 26 overall pick on Thursday night.

April 22, 2010

Vols in the 2010 Draft | Vols in the NFL Draft All-Time

BY DREW EDWARDS
UTSports.com

KNOXVILLE -- Shortly after Eric Berry became the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, he stood on the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and told the NFL Network what Kansas City fans could expect from their new safety.

"They should expect everything," Berry said. "Expect a hard worker, a leader, somebody who's going to represent, on and off the field. Somebody that wants to win championships. Let's go to work, baby. I'm ready."

It was a typical Berry answer. And something of a typical April occurrence for the Vols, too.

With Berry off the board at No. 5 and defensive tackle Dan Williams going to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 26, at least one Tennessee player has been selected in the first round in each of the last five years.

And Tennessee is the only team in the SEC that can say as much.

LSU had a player selected in the first round each of the last four years, but the Tigers didn't have a player selected Thursday.

But it's not just quality picks. The Vols lead the SEC in the quantity of first-round picks, too.

Over the last five years, the Vols' seven first-round picks ties LSU and Florida -- which had three players selected on Thursday -- for the most during that span. Those seven picks are more than double any other SEC team over that same span as well.

The NFL Draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds beginning at 6 p.m. (TV: ESPN) before concluding Saturday.

Early Leaders

With Eric Berry and Dan Williams going in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, Tennessee now has seven first-round picks since 2006. Here's a look at SEC players in the first round over the last five years:


 

 


TENNESSEE (7)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2010 Eric Berry S
5
Kansas City
  Dan Williams DT
26
Arizona
2009 Robert Ayers DE
18
Denver
2008 Jerod Mayo LB
10
New England
2007 Justin Harrell DT
16
Green Bay
  Robert Meachem WR
27
New Orleans
2006 Jason Allen CB
16
Miami

LSU (7)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2009 Tyson Jackson DE
3
Kansas City
2008 Glenn Dorsey DT
5
Kansas City
2007 JaMarcus Russell QB
1
Oakland
  LaRon Landry S
6
Washington
  Dwayne Bowe WR
23
Kansas City
  Craig Davis WR
30
San Diego
2006 Joseph Addai RB
30
Indianapolis

Florida (7)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2010 Joe Haden CB
7
Cleveland
Maurkice Pouncey C
18
Pittsburgh
Tim Tebow QB
25
Denver
2009 Percy Harvin WR
22
Minnesota
2008 Derrick Harvey DE
8
Jacksonville
2007 Jarvis Moss DE
17
Denver
  Reggie Nelson S
21
Jacksonville

Mississippi (3)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2009 Michael Oher OT
23
Baltimore
  Peria Jerry DT
24
Atlanta
2007 Patrick Willis LB
11
San Francisco

Alabama (3)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2010 Rolando McClain LB
8
Oakland
  Kareem Jackson CB
20
Houston
2009 Andre Smith OT
6
Cincinnati

Arkansas (3)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2008 Darren McFadden RB
4
Oakland
  Felix Jones RB
22
Dallas
2007 Jamaal Anderson DE
8
Atlanta

Vanderbilt (2)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2008 Chris Williams OT
14
Chicago
2006 Jay Cutler QB
11
Denver

Georgia (2)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2009 Matthew Stafford QB
1
Detroit
  Knowshon Moreno RB
12
Denver

Auburn (1)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2007 Ben Grubbs OG
29
Baltimore

South Carolina (1)

Year Player Pos
Overall Pick
Team
2006 Jonathan Joseph CB
24
Cincinnati

Kentucky (0)

Mississippi State (0)

Source: NFL.com

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